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Pep Guardiola Defends Bernardo Silva Amid Racism Accusations

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Bernardo Silva is facing a lot of criticism for a joke he tweeted over his teammate and friend Benjamin Mendy, comparing a childhood photo of the left-back with a Spain cartoon.

The Portuguese star was deemed as a racist for the joke, even though Mendy found it funny and had nothing to do with the color of his skin, so he was forced to delete the tweet.

Hence, Pep Guardiola had to address the controversial matter following Manchester City's 3-0 win over Preston for the Capital One Cup, having his player's back over an innocent joke:

"Honestly, I don't know what will happen. They should put their focus on another issue because they don't know which guy you are talking about. Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy.

He’s like a brother to him. The image is not about the color of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image", Guardiola told the press,as quoted by Marca.

Silva could be investigated by the FA and even face a suspension, so Guardiola went on to claim he's sure the Portuguese won't have anything to hide if they force him to explain his case:

"If they want to do that and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talking. But first, you have to know exactly which person you are talking about. There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar to your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.

I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake. Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded. (It had) nothing about the color of the skin, nationalities or whatever," Guardiola concluded.