Troy Deeney has insisted that a three-game ban was not enough for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after posting a racially-charged Spanish term on social media on Sunday.
Cavani came off the bench to score a brace and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a spectacular 3-2 victory at Southampton.
But the Uruguayan striker’s heroism at St Mary’s was eclipsed when he posted a controversial Spanish term on social media in the hours that followed.
Troy Deeney says three-game ban is not enough for Edinson Cavani after posting racially-charged Spanish term on social media
Cavani’s post translates to ‘thank you black’ as he appeared to respond to a congratulatory message
The Uruguayan striker, pictured arriving for training on Monday morning, faces an FA investigation
In response to a congratulatory message, apparently from a friend, Cavani said: “Gracias negrito”. The term, which refers to the breed, translates directly to “Thank you black”.
Three hours after posting the tweet, it was deleted. Cavani insists that “negrito” is a term of affection in South America and that it will be his defense if disciplinary action is taken.
Cavani now faces an FA investigation, but Deeney, speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show on Monday, believes the United star should be given more than a three-game ban, as well as further education on the matter.
The Watford forward said: “It’s never fair no matter how you look at it.
“I just think when you write a post, nine out of ten times you are considered to proofread it before posting because you don’t want to make yourself look like an idiot.
Cavani was United’s hero at St Mary’s but will now face tough questions over the incident
“But at no point did he think ‘it’s not fair’ – that’s what worried me a little.
“I understand that we are getting three game bans now, but I just want to know if the FA educates the players when they come to this country.
“I don’t think he meant to insult anyone, but he needs to be educated on what is acceptable and what is not.
When asked if a three-game ban for Cavani was enough, Deeney added: “No, I don’t think that’s the case.
“It’s a thoughtful message. He wrote it down, thought about it, and he has people around him who would say, “I don’t think you really should do this.”
“He probably acted in a moment of bliss, obviously after scoring, which is why I don’t think he was meant to be offensive, he just didn’t understand the ramifications of his words.
“I think sometimes three games are not enough, because there has to be three games with some form of education in my opinion.
Cavani returns home with winner United in added time after also upgrading them at St Mary’s
The FA issued updated sanction guidelines ahead of the start of a new season of cracking down on racism and discriminatory behavior.
Any discriminatory behavior on social media will result in a minimum three-game suspension for the culprits compared to six-to-12-game bans for game infractions.
The bans were increased after Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Tottenham’s Dele Alli were suspended for just one game after breaking FA rules with social media posts.
The incident also quickly led to comparisons between Cavani and fellow Uruguayan Suarez.
Former Liverpool striker Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £ 40,000 for using the word ‘nigger’ against former United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.
Suarez tried to argue during his FA hearing that the word in Uruguay and other parts of Latin America is harmless in certain situations.