Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani faces a ban after being indicted by the England Football Association for what they called “insulting and inappropriate” language on his Instagram page.
The 33-year-old reposted a message to a friend after scoring twice in the 3-2 victory at Southampton on Sunday, November 29 in which he wrote in Spanish, ” thanks, black, “- a term that can be interpreted as racist in the UK.
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Although widely used as a term of affection in South America and the Caribbean, the word is seen in England as carrying racial overtones, prompting the FA to investigate Cavani’s post.
If Cavani, who has missed United’s last two games with injury, is found guilty, he could face a three-game ban under FA rules.
A statement released by the FA on Thursday read: “Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct for breaking FA rule E33 in connection with a social media post on Sunday November 29, 2020.
“It is alleged that, contrary to FA rule E3.1, a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was insulting and / or abusive and / or inappropriate and / or discredited the game.
“It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an ‘aggravated offense’, which is defined in rule E3.2 of the FA, as it included a reference, express or implied, to color and / or race and / or or ethnicity.
“The attacker has until Monday, January 4, 2021 to respond to the accusation. ”
Cavani then deleted the post and issued an apology as United issued their own statement to further defend the Uruguay international.
Sources told ESPN that in Cavani’s performances 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 own son.
United, meanwhile, argued that the word was used as a term of affection and that cultural context was 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 – with other governing bodies and organizations, and through our own campaigns – in this regard. .
“We note the FA’s decision today to bill Edinson Cavani for his social media response to a friend’s congratulatory post after the Southampton game.
“Edinson and the club made it clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the post, which he deleted and apologized as soon as he was told it could have been misinterpreted.
“The player and the club will now consider the accusation and respond to the FA accordingly. ”