Porto slam Bernardo Silva over 'racism' and blast Fernandinho who 'lacks class' in astonishing rant at 'lucky' Man City
PORTO have slammed 'lucky' Manchester City after their 0-0 draw in the Champions League last night.
Both sides sealed progression to the round of 16, but a war of words has rumbled on since their first clash at the Etihad last month.
And in a club newsletter, detailed by A Bola, the Portuguese giants have taken it a step further, with astonishing jibes towards City's players.
The text referred to Bernardo Silva as someone 'known internationally for having been convicted of racism'.
Silva, 26, was given a one-match ban and fined £50,000 last season following a tweet that compared team-mate and friend Benjamin Mendy to a character that features on packets of Conguitos in Spain and Portugal.
The FA did, however, resist giving a full three-match suspension, accepting Silva's explanation and concluding that he did not 'intend' the post to be 'racist'.
Porto also took aim at veteran Fernandinho, referring to the 35-year-old as lacking 'class'.
They wrote: "There should have been a red card given to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 is a clear example that football money counts a lot, but it doesn't buy class or notion."
Porto then claimed that City were lucky to have claimed a draw – despite having had 18 attempts on goal compared to the home side's measly two.
The newsletter continued: "The coach and players – who also struggled to cope with the result – should even be grateful for the luck they had with refereeing again.
"After the scandals of the game England, this time a penalty was missed for Ederson's more than an evident foul on Otavio."
Trouble has been brewing between managers Pep Guardiola and Sergio Conceicao since City beat Porto 3-1 on October 21.
After being asked whether City would be happy with the draw following the match, Conceicao, 46, jibed to Eleven Sports: "I would be too if I couldn't win with the team I have and the budget I have."
The spat began after October's match, when Conceicao accused Guardiola of 'extremely unpleasant behaviour' and 'speaking about our country using ugly words'.
Guardiola, 49, subsequently hit back: "I don't agree with him, it's not true.
"We didn't pressure the referee, we are not a team who do this kind of thing. It's not a part of who we are.
'The five years we are here – and before then in Germany or Spain – our behaviour speaks for itself."
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