Manchester City midfielder, Bernardo Silva has been banned for one match following a tweet he sent to his teammate Benjamin Mendy.
The Portuguese international was also fined £50,000 and ordered to complete face-to-face education by the Football Association.
Silva posted pictures of Mendy as a child alongside the mascot for Spanish confectionery firm Conguitos on 22 September.
The FA considered it as “aggravated breach” of the association’s rules about social media behaviour on race.
“The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin,” FA said in their statement.
Silva will likely not play in City’s match against Chelsea next week if the ban is effected immediately.