FA explains logic for ban
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.