Bernardo Silva: FA contacts Man City over player’s tweet

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Bernardo Silva (left) scored a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 8-0 defeat of Watford on Saturday

The Football Association has written to Manchester City to ask the club for its response to a tweet sent by midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Silva compared City team-mate Benjamin Mendy to the character on the packet of Conguitos – a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.

The anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out had earlier called on the FA to act after the governing body confirmed it was investigating.

Manchester City declined to comment.

“We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva,” said the anti-discrimination body.

The post was published at 12:44 BST on Sunday but was deleted at 13:30.

Bernardo then tweeted:  “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”

France defender Mendy and Silva are close friends and played together at Monaco before both joined City in 2017.

Mendy responded to the tweet and did not appear to take offence. A previous video of Silva joking with Mendy has also been passed on to the FA.

A Kick It Out statement added: “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’, and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.

“The FA has been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education – which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this.”

LONDON (Reuters) – Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer owned by billionaire Mike Ashley, confirmed the sale of the freehold to its Shirebrook logistics centre to Kwasa Logix Sportivo for just over 120 million pounds in cash on Tuesday.

Sports Direct, which will take a 15-year lease on the property, said the proceeds would be used for group operations and to boost its working capital.

The Sunday Times said the buyer was owned by Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund.

Cricket World Cup: West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs

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Although the skipper was dismissed in the second over, any suggestion of a malaise from a side whose only World Cup success was in 2015 against Scotland, was swiftly allayed by a superb partnership of 133 in 24 overs.

Their previous highest total in the tournament had been a modest 247 but Rahmat played some sublime strokes on both sides of the wicket in their first World Cup century partnership, while the purposeful Ikram eclipsed a record held by India legend Sachin Tendulkar to make the highest World Cup score by an 18-year-old.

Sheldon Cottrell, who took perhaps the catch of the tournament against Australia, spilled a routine chance at long-on off Brathwaite in the 25th over when Rahmat was on 57, but Gayle soon swooped forward to dismiss the talented opener at cover, bowler Brathwaite joining him on the turf for some celebratory press-ups in tribute to the veteran’s fitness.

Having been unable to defend a total of 321 against Bangladesh earlier in the tournament the Windies were guilty of a missed stumping and mis-fields as the runs continued to flow, but it was Gayle who made the key breakthrough, trapping Ikram lbw in the 36th over with 123 still needed, before Hetmyer’s superb throw helped run out an incensed Najibullah Zadran two balls later.

And the West Indies, who drew 2-2 with England earlier this year, did just enough to ensure a second victory as Fabian Allen leaped superbly to end the match with a one-handed diving catch in the sixth successive World Cup fixture won by the side batting first.

World Cup group table
Rank Team P W L T NR RR Pts
1 Australia (Q) 8 7 1 0 0 1 14
2 India (Q) 8 6 1 0 1 0.811 13
3 England (Q) 9 6 3 0 0 1.152 12
4 New Zealand 9 5 3 0 1 0.175 11
5 Pakistan 8 4 3 0 1 -0.792 9
6 Sri Lanka (out) 8 3 3 0 2 -0.934 8
7 Bangladesh (out) 8 3 4 0 1 -0.195 7
8 South Africa (out) 8 2 5 0 1 -0.08 5
9 West Indies (out) 9 2 6 0 1 -0.225 5
10 Afghanistan (out) 9 0 9 0 0 -1.322 0

‘Good to get over the line’

West Indies captain Jason Holder: “It’s good to get over the line, we’ve had some close encounters where we didn’t. The batters stepped up today. Evin Lewis and Shai Hope got a good partnership going and 300 on that pitch was good enough to be a winning total.

“We stayed strong with the ball and came through at the end. Overall at this tournament, inconsistency let us down, in all three departments. Our fielding has to improve a lot.”

Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib: “It was a good score batting second, so credit to the batsmen and Ikram showed his class today. We also have other talented players back at home.

“I have learnt a lot at this tournament. Fitness is a big issue – the boys are struggling. Also, we can work more on our skills under pressure.”

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