Bernardo Silva: Man City forward banned and fined for Benjamin Mendy tweet

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Manchester City players Benjamin Mendy (left) and Bernardo Silva (right)
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy (left) and Bernardo Silva also played together at Monaco

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match and fined £50,000 after an FA commission accepted he “did not intend” a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy to be “racist”.

Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal.

Silva deleted the post 46 minutes after he published it before tweeting:  “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”

The FA report said: “Many persons would have taken offence to the content.”

It added: “The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist. It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends.

“However, this was not a private communication between two friends.

“The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer.

“Many persons viewing the imagery depicted in the tweet would have taken offence to the content as being insulting by reference to race, colour and ethnic origin in a way that unquestionably brings the game of football into disrepute.”

The Portugal forward, 25, must also complete a face-to-face education for his tweet on 22 September, after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.

There was no hearing after Silva admitted the initial charge on 2 October, acknowledging some people may be offended by the “historical connotations of the Conguitos character”.

The FA commission also say they received a letter written by Mendy in support of his team-mate.

Manchester United are ready to match Leicester’s £80million valuation for Harry Maguire.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will stop at nothing to land the England centre-back and is poised to offer him a five-year deal worth £350,000-a-week.

The Red Devils could throw Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo into the deal if Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to accept a part-exchange.

Man City are also keen on Maguire but United look to be going all out to win the race for the 26-year-old and hope his relationship with number two Mike Phelan – who gave Maguire his first Premier League break when he was boss of Hull – helps them secure his signature.

Pogba has admitted he is ready to leave Manchester United, and it is understood he wants to join Real to work under Zinedine Zidane.

United’s valuation of Pogba is £150million and The Sun report that the Spanish giants will try to use Bale and Isco as makeweights in any deal.

Both players have been linked with moves to Old Trafford in recent years

Manchester United look to be making plans for life without Paul Pogba.

Pogba delivered a bombshell on Sunday when he revealed he is ready to quit United this summer to seek a new challenge.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is now eyeing TWO Barcelona stars as he looks to rebuild his midfield.

Their report claims the United boss wants to sign both Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho.

Rakitic, 31, has been a key player for Barca over the past few seasons and helped Croatia reach the World Cup final in 2018.

Coutinho, 27, has struggled to make a major impact at the Nou Camp following his £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018 and is thought to be open to the prospect of a return to the Premier League.

British Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas on pole position, Lewis Hamilton second

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Sunday’s race is live on 5 live and the BBC sport website at 14:10 BST

Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position by the tiniest of margins at the British Grand Prix.

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Hamilton can become the most successful driver ever at the British Grand Prix with victory on Sunday

What they said

Bottas: “It reminds you why you do it. It has been really close all weekend with Lewis but I just managed to get a good lap and beat him to pole.

“The first lap was good but not perfect and I should have improved on the second run but I couldn’t get the lap together.”

Hamilton: “Congratulations to Valtteri. He did a solid job throughout qualifying but ultimately [I was] not good enough. At the end, I had that mistake on the first lap and the second one wasn’t that great.”

As he was cheered by the crowd during his post-qualifying interview, Hamilton added: “It’s the best grand prix of the year. These tracks are great but without people to fill it up and bring energy, it’s nothing. We have the best fans here.”

Leclerc: “In Q2 we were quite good but then in Q3 Mercedes turned up the engine a little bit and they were very, very quick. Also round the corners is where we need to improve and we know it. Third is the best we could do and I am very happy about it.”

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To mark F1’s 1,007th race, Red Bull are displaying two of James Bond’s classic Aston Martin licence plates on their cars this weekend. Verstappen will run the number plate from the Aston Martin DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger, while team-mate Gasly goes with the Aston Martin V8 plate from the 1987 film, The Living Daylights (pictured)
Hamilton congratulates Bottas on the Finn's pole position
“I’ll get you tomorrow”: Hamilton has beaten a pole-sitting Bottas twice already this season. Source: Forix
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