Manchester City star Bernardo Silva defended himself by saying you “can’t even joke with a friend these days” after being forced to delete a racist tweet about his teammate Benjamin Mendy.
Silva, 25, posted an image on Sunday which pictured a young Mendy alongside the controversial mascot for Spanish chocolate brand, Conguitos.
“Guess Who?” the since-deleted tweet from Silva read.
Kick It Out, an anti-racism charity, tweeted to say “racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter,’ and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.”
Mendy responded to the tweet saying: “1-0, for you will see.”
Silva received backlash from twitter users for the post, however refused to apologize, merely tweeting again saying: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days … You guys …”
The Portugal international’s actions prompted the Football Association (FA) to contact Manchester City, according to the BBC, and also elicited a response from anti-racism charity Kick It Out, who said it was “shocked”