Pep Guardiola defends Bernardo Silva over Benjamin Mendy Tweet

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Pep Guardiola has strongly defended Bernardo Silva against accusations of racism following a controversial tweet to Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

City boss Guardiola was asked for his opinion on the matter on Tuesday evening after his side opened their bid for a third successive Carabao Cup triumph with a comfortable 3-0 win at Preston North End.

Silva posted pictures on social media on Sunday comparing Mendy, with whom he also played at Monaco, to the character on a packet of Conguitos chocolates.

Anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out called on the Football Association to take action, referring to the contents of post as a racist stereotype.

The governing body has written to City requesting their observations.

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