Kick It Out, an anti racism group, have called on the FA to act on Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva tweet to teammate, Benjamin Mendy, which has been considered offensive.
The Portuguese start posted an image, which appeared to compare Mendy to a mascot for a Spanish chocolate peanut brand.
Though Bernardo stressed that the tweet was a joke, and it is understood that he is close friends with the Frenchman, since their days together at Monaco.
But the tweet has led to serious backlash on social media, one that Silva had to delete.
Football Association chiefs have now written to the league champions, asking for their observations, and will then decide whether to take further action.
A Kick It Out statement said: “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’, and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.
“The FA have been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education – which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this.”
It remains to be seen whether the FA will take stronger action, but have now been in touch with City over the tweet.
The FA, Premier League and EFL met with Twitter bosses last week, to discuss abuse on social media.
Racism has been an issue since the start of the season, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham been targeted by online trolls.
The reaction to Silva’s post has overshadowed his impressive performance over the weekend, when he scored a hat-trick in his side’s 8-0 demolition of Watford.