Man City's Bernardo Silva banned for tweet

Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match and heavily fined for an offensive tweet.
Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match and heavily fined for an offensive tweet.

Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match and fined STG 50,000 ($A94,158) for a social media post that was deemed to be racially offensive.

The Portugal star will also have to complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of an English Football Association rule which covers race, concerning a social media post relating to teammate Benjamin Mendy.

"The Manchester City midfielder's social media activity ... brought the game into disrepute ... as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin," the FA said in a statement.

The FA accepted that Silva, who will miss his side's next match, at home to Chelsea, had not intended to be insulting or racist.

Silva had compared Mendy to a character which appears on the packet of Conguitos, a brand of sweet sold in Spain and Portugal.

Australian Associated Press