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'We tried to speak to him, just for him to be calm and to realise that it's not racism. It's about a joke with a friend': Bernardo Silva defended over Benjamin Mendy tweet incident by Portugal team-mate Joao Mario Bernardo Silva was hit with a one-match ban for an offensive social media post  Silva first sparked controversy in September when he tweeted a photo  The photo was of Benjamin Mendy as a child and a black cartoon mascot As a result, Silva missed Manchester City's 2-1 win over Chelsea last month His Portugal team-mate Joao Mario is black and played in England for West Ham

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline

Published: 13:48 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 13:52 GMT, 4 December 2019

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Bernardo Silva has been comforted by his Portugal team-mates over his controversial tweet to Benjamin Mendy, Joao Mario has confirmed.

Silva was slapped with a one-match ban and fined £50,000 for a social media post that was deemed offensive to his close friend and Manchester City team-mate Mendy.

In September, the 25-year-old sparked controversy when he posted a photo of Mendy as a child next to an image of the black cartoon mascot for Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos with the message: 'Guess who?'

Man City's Bernardo Silva was comforted by his Portugal team-mates over his one-game ban

Man City's Bernardo Silva was comforted by his Portugal team-mates over his one-game ban

He was given a one-match ban and fined £50,000 by the FA last month over an offensive tweet

He was given a one-match ban and fined £50,000 by the FA last month over an offensive tweet

The 25-year-old faced an angry backlash after posting this image on Twitter in September

The 25-year-old faced an angry backlash after posting this image on Twitter in September

City team-mate Benjamin Mendy took it well but Silva has since faced accusations of racism

City team-mate Benjamin Mendy took it well but Silva has since faced accusations of racism

Silva went on to delete the Tweet before expressing his frustration with the angry response

Silva went on to delete the Tweet before expressing his frustration with the angry response 

Mendy appeared to take the joke in good

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