Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is likely to be disqualified after being accused by the English Football Association for what they called “offensive and inappropriate” language on his Instagram page.
Cavani, 33, re-posted a message to a friend after scoring two goals in the 3-2 win at Southampton on 29 November. Wrote in Spanish “gracias, negrito“- a term that can be interpreted as racist in the UK.
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Although widely used as a term of endearment in South America and the Caribbean, the word is regarded in England, as well as within parts of the Afro-Uruguayan community, as a bearer of racial connotations, prompting the FA to investigate Cavani’s whereabouts.
If Cavani, who has missed United’s last two games through injury, is found guilty, he could be hit with a three-game ban under FA rules.
A statement released Thursday by the FA said: “Edinson Cavani was charged with misconduct for a violation of FA Rule E33 in connection with a social media post on Sunday November 29, 2020.
“It is assumed that, contrary to FA E3.1 rule, a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was offensive and / or offensive and / or improper and / or brought the game into disrepute.
“It is further stated that the comment constitutes an” aggravated violation “, which is defined in rule FA E3.2, as it included references, explicit or implied, to color and / or race and / or ethnic origin.
“The attacker has until Monday 4 January 2021 to provide an answer to the accusation”.
Cavani later deleted the post and issued an apology. United have issued their statement to further defend the Uruguayan national team.
Sources told ESPN that in Cavani’s representations to the FA, he insisted the word is not used with racial or derogatory intent in Uruguay and that the friend in question uses the term with his son.
United, meanwhile, argued that the word was used as a term of affection and that cultural context is key, but sources told ESPN it was not considered by the FA.
A club spokesperson said: “Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA – alongside other government bodies and organizations, and through our campaigns – in this regard. .
“We note the FA’s decision today to indict Edinson Cavani for his response on social media to a friend’s congratulatory message after the Southampton match.
“Edinson and the club made it clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologized as soon as he was informed that it could have been misinterpreted.
“The player and the club will now evaluate the position and respond to the FA accordingly.”