PFA Statement - Bernardo Silva

Silva

We note the sanction of a one-game suspension for Bernardo Silva, along with a £50,000 fine and mandatory education course following the tweet he posted on 22nd September 2019.

We acknowledge there was no malice intended and the player has maintained the full support of teammates, manager and the club. Additionally, the regulatory commission appointed to assess the sanction notes the player did not intend the post to be insulting or racist.

The case highlights the importance and relevance of ongoing education around equality, diversity and inclusion for first team players and the matter serves as a reminder that words and images can cause upset and distress whether intentional or unintentional.