- Title: Guardiola - Bernardo 'exceptional person' after tweet row
- Date: 27th September 2019
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA ON BERNARDO SILVA TWEET SAYING: "Bernardo is an exceptional person, an exception. He likes to be involved in different situations so what I say is make the focus on other issues not on Bernardo because he is absolutely not guilty because his intention was just a joke. It's a cartoon and the face is quite similar. Probably the same thing happened a thousand million times with white people - it's the same. It was just a joke and that's all. The people in the FA or in the departments think it is completely opposite and Bernardo and Manchester City are open to listening to opinions and that is all." KHARKIV, UKRAINE (RECENT - SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER CITY PLAYERS TRAINING MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA ON EVERTON SAYING: "They remain an incredible team, they invest quite good last season and the previous season. Incredible players, top manager. Goodison Park is always one of the toughest games you can play during the season, we know it. It will be incredibly tough and we are prepared. Today we are going to make the last training session and the players know it, know how difficult it is and itâ€™s a good challenge to us."
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- Keywords: Bernardo Silva Pep Guardiola Mendy Manchester City Premier League football soccer
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK / KHARKIV, UKRAINE / SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK / KHARKIV, UKRAINE / SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA003AYFMOFZ
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- Story Text: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has once again launched a staunch defence of Bernardo Silva after the midfielder came under fire for a controversial tweet.
Silva, the Portugal midfielder, has faced backlash this week after he sent a tweet which compared a picture of teammate Benjamin Mendy as a child, to the cartoon logo of Spanish confectionery company Conguitos.
Guardiola, speaking ahead of his side's Premier League match against Everton on Saturday (September 28) said that his player is an 'exceptional person' who did not mean to cause any offence by sending the tweet which he subsequently deleted shortly afterwards.
Manchester City travel to Goodison Park on the back of a stunning 8-0 win over Watford in their last league match, as they look to cut the gap to Liverpool at the top of the league, who currently lead them by 5 points.
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