The Football Federation must investigate after Edinson Cavani allegedly used the words’thank you black‘in response to a post on social media.
A post, which appeared on Instagram, was sent to the FA and they confirmed to Telegraph Sport that they were aware of a post that has since been deleted and that they would review it.
Cavani reportedly responded to a fan who posted the words – ‘I love you like that, killer(Love you so killer) – after his dramatic late winner in Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Southampton.
Word ‘bold‘became central to the debate over the allegations against Luis Suarez, who is also from Uruguay, when Liverpool played for Manchester United in 2011. In his autobiography, Suarez said it was a word that had been used between members of his family and that was never intended as a racist insult. At the time, Gus Poyet, also from Uruguay, said it was not considered offensive in his country but that “we have to adapt” and be careful “how we use it”.
The FA should now ask Cavani for his comments, but in recent years has sanctioned players for controversial social media posts. Bernardo Silva was banned last season for one game after posting – and then deleting – a photo of a character used in a chocolate brand. Dele Alli also received a one-match ban for a comment he posted on the coronavirus which was found to have violated FA Rule E3 which relates to any reference, express or implied, to race and / or color and / or ethnic origin and / or nationality.
Cavani joined United on loan from Paris St-Germain in October and featured in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Southampton. After arriving at halftime he scored twice and also provided an assist to help United reverse a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Manchester United did not comment.