FA ex­plains logic for ban

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

THE FA Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion felt that Bernardo Silva had to be given a play­ing ban for breach­ing so­cial me­dia rules but stopped well short of the six that was feared by some.

Bernardo ad­mit­ted that his post counted as an ag­gra­vated breach of FA rules be­cause it in­cluded a ref­er­ence to ‘eth­nic ori­gin, colour, and race.’

Be­cause it emerged on so­cial me­dia, the Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion did not have to im­pose a min­i­mum of a six-game ban. The panel pro­duced the fol­low­ing mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors: the player did not have any knowl­edge of the con­no­ta­tions of the Con­gui­tos char­ac­ter, the tweet was not in­tended to be racist or of­fen­sive, the tweet was promptly deleted, the player and City have taken steps to en­sure that the player has a greater un­der­stand­ing of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on so­cial me­dia, and the player made an early ad­mis­sion and has an ex­em­plary char­ac­ter and dis­ci­plinary record.

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