The Football Association confirmed to Mirror Sport that they are aware of the post, are reviewing it and will now ask Cavani to explain the remark made on Instagram.
Cavani, 33, wrote ‘Gracias n ******’ in an exchange with a fan after scoring twice – including a dramatic late winner – in Manchester United’s last victory at Southampton.
The FA has a strict code on racism and according to the latest guidelines Cavani could get a three-game ban.
It is understood that Cavani believed to use the term in a friendly manner, it is a common phrase in South America and has now been told about the different interpretation in England.
He has since deleted the message.
But Luis Suarez used a similar term in the infamous clash with Patrice Evra which drove the former Liverpool striker to an eight-game ban.
Manchester United have yet to comment but Mirror Sport has contacted the club.
There has been a slew of recent cases that suggest Cavani will be punished.
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