Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined 50,000 pounds ($63,980) over a Twitter post concerning French team mate Benjamin Mendy, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.
The defender tweeted a picture of teammate Benjamin Mendy alongside a picture of a Spanish confectionary mascot with the caption "Guess who?".
Anti-racism charity Kick It Out called out Silva for the tweet, whilst his former club Benfica defended the midfielder following his social media activity at the time.
As well as the one game ban, which will see the Portuguese midfielder miss the game against Chelsea after the worldwide break, he's been fined £50,000 and will be made to complete a face-to-face educational course.
Silva was charged with misconduct by the FA back in October, and today found out his punishment for the offence.
In the Independent Regulatory Commission's written reasons provided to the FA, Silva's "exemplary previous good character" was acknowledged, along with an acceptance that "the player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist", given he had "grown up in a country where both the brand and the character were familiar and considered inoffensive".
The FA said the tweet had committed an "aggravated breach" of the football body's rules and means he now misses City's Premier League fixture against Chelsea on November 23.
And after coming in for plenty of criticism, the Portugal worldwide then later tweeted: 'Can't even joke with a friend these days. you guys'.
The Portugal player, 25, must also complete a face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are now occupying fourth position on the Premier League standings and they have lost three games this season.
"The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer".