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Bernardo Silva charged by FA over Mendy tweet

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Bernardo Silva faces a ban from playing after being charged by the English Football Association.

The Manchester City midfielder was charged by the FA on Wednesday after posting a message on his Twitter account on September 22 with a photo of close friend and City teammate Benjamin Mendy next to a mascot for Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos.

He posted the message “Guess who?” above the photos before deleting it and then saying “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You Guys…”

In a statement the FA confirmed Silva has been charged after breaching rule E3.

Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on September 22, 2019. It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

“It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or color and/or ethnic origin. The midfielder has until 9 October 2019 to provide a response.”

Silva has been defended by both Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling, with the former launching impassioned defenses of Silva on more than one occasion over the past 10 days.

That has led to heavy criticism of Guardiola and his handling of the situation.

Silva will now have to either accept the charge or request a personal hearing, as it is believed he has already written to the FA along with Mendy who said he was not offended by the tweet.

An independent panel would set the punishment for Silva, with any incident of on-field discrimination automatically seeing a six-game ban imposed. Due to this being an off-field incident, different rules are likely to apply.

England embarrassed by fan disorder in Portugal

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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association says fans of the country’s national soccer team have again become an “embarrassment” after a night of disorder at the UEFA Nations League tournament in Portugal.

The FA condemned the supporters who hurled bottles at locals and clashed with police on Wednesday in Porto, where Portugal was playing Switzerland.

The FA says “anyone responsible for these disturbances cannot be seen as true England supporters and are not welcome in football. They are an embarrassment to the team.”

Fans also sang about World War II and the Irish Republican Army.

England will play the Netherlands on Thursday in Guimaraes.

Fearing trouble in Portugal, the FA launched a video campaign targeted at fans with the message “Don’t Be That Idiot.”

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Women’s soccer in England secures record sponsorship deal

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LONDON (AP) Women’s soccer in England will receive record levels of investment after its top league secured a sponsorship deal reportedly worth more than 10 million pounds ($13.2 million) over the next three seasons.

Barclays will become the first sponsor of the Women’s Super League in what the English Football Association is saying is the biggest ever investment in British women’s sports by a brand.

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The deal, which was announced on Wednesday, runs from the start of the 2019-20 season through July 2022. Barclays was the title sponsor of the Premier League in men’s soccer from 2004-16 and still has links with the league.

Kelly Simmons, the FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game, says the “record, multimillion-pound commitment will impact all levels of the game.”

The Super League, which is Europe’s only fully professional domestic female soccer league, will now have prize money for the first time. A total of 500,000 pounds ($660,000) will be distributed to clubs based on their final league positions.

In another boost for the women’s game, FIFA says French telecommunications giant Orange has become the sixth sponsor of this year’s Women’s World Cup in France.

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Pochettino charged by FA for Dean confrontation

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It isn’t much of a surprise that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been charged by the English Football Association after tearing into referee Mike Dean at the conclusion of Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Pochettino later apologized for his actions, clearly heated after Spurs wasted a chance to make up ground on Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

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Now he has until Thursday to respond to charges. Here’s the FA release, via the BBC:

“Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the game against Burnley on Saturday [23 February 2019]. It is alleged the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s language and/or behaviour at the end of the fixture – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – amounted to improper conduct.”

Mourinho gets extension to respond to FA charge

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Jose Mourinho has been given extra time to respond to a charge from the English Football Association.

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Mourinho was handed the charge by the English FA on Monday as he was alleged that “his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”

The incident occurred after Man United beat Newcastle 3-2 on Oct. 6, with Mourinho appearing to swear at the TV cameras in Portuguese. The deadline for him to either accept or reject the charge was 1 p.m. ET on Friday, but the deadline has now been extended to next Wednesday.

Speaking in his press conference on Friday ahead of United’s trip to Chelsea (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Mourinho confirmed he has responded to the charge.

“Yes, I did. But I don’t comment,” Mourinho said. “If I answer to your question I probably have another process because I cannot imply bias. My answer is no answer.”

The fact that the FA have handed Mourinho extra time to respond to this charge is a small win in itself, as he will likely receive a one-game touchline ban if found guilty.

It’s a huge bonus he will now be on the sidelines for their huge clash against high-flying Chelsea, as it means he could instead miss the trip to Everton. The way his United side have defended and played so far this season, combined with the superb form Eden Hazard and Chelsea is in, suggests Mourinho will need to be at his very best to motivate and organize his team throughout the entire 90 minutes on Saturday.