Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has been hit with a one match ban and a £50,000 fine, less than a week after visiting Anfield.
The Portugal international sent out a Tweet over two months ago which made reference to a cartoon character with dark skin and his team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
He remarked how similar the two looked, and it didn’t go down well. Obviously. There was some defence from City for the player, Pep Guardiola basically said ‘he didn’t mean it’, but they should have just told him to put his hands up – he made a mistake. Acknowledgement and an apology wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Some Liverpool fans are fuming that the decision just happened to actually happen literal days after City’s visit to Anfield – and some of those supporters are accusing the FA of something fishy.
Obviously racism is an issue of much greater magnitude, we’re not suggesting otherwise, but it does seem a little convenient that the decision took so long on Silva.
As it took longer than expected for the FA to come to a decision, it meant Silva was able to feature in the game at Anfield. In a world where the Reds are now being referred to as LiVARpool, even though we – quite literally – haven’t benefited from the tech – it’s kind of funny to see this.
I mean, it’s probably just a coincidence, and it had nothing to do with the fixtures, but people are obviously going to talk when it looks a bit dodgy.
Here’s how some Liverpool fans responded on social media:
I don't think it's a coincidence that the fa have gave Bernardo Silva a 1 match ban and 40k fine while all this talk is about Raheem Sterling being the victim when trying to assault Joe Gomez. Nice work @premierleague @FA
— Them Pesky Reds Again (@PeskyReds) November 14, 2019
Bernardo Silva was ‘under investigation’ or whatever by the FA for ages now and has been given a ban after the Liverpool game.
City still lost 3-1 pic.twitter.com/BhEUwpSYzH
— Colm 🇮🇪 (@ColmQ12) November 13, 2019
The FA waited until after the Liverpool game to ban Bernardo Silva? pic.twitter.com/o0pxWtjQoj
— Josh (@KloppStyle) November 13, 2019
How convenient that Bernardo Silva’s ban comes just after Manchester City played Liverpool…
It happened months ago.
— Gerrardinho (@KIopptinho) November 14, 2019
When you purposely wait to ban Bernardo Silva until after the Liverpool game but your plan backfires and Manchester City still lose. pic.twitter.com/KSKiaeH9LV
— Danny (@YoungyLFC1892) November 13, 2019
Bernardo silva getting a 1 match ban ‘after’ the game against Liverpool https://t.co/b7H31duKyB
— Jamie Grainger (@jamie_grainger) November 13, 2019
Just incase you lots forgot. Bernardo Silva was charged for his racist tweet over a month ago and he still hasn't received his ban yet. Watch how he gets banned the week after the Liverpool game.
— Ahmed (@ahmedIfc) November 8, 2019