File photograph: Manchester United’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani warms up through the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on November 29, 2020. Adam Davy / POOL / AFP
Edinson Cavani apologised on Monday after his pleasure at scoring twice for Manchester United towards Southampton was dampened by an investigation by the Football Association right into a social media put up he subsequently deleted.
The 33-year-old Uruguayan striker despatched an Instagram put up thanking a buddy for his congratulations after scoring twice as United got here from 2-0 right down to win 3-2 on Sunday that included the Spanish phrase “negrito” (small black individual).
United mentioned the phrase was clearly utilized in an affectionate method and has totally different connotations in South America.
The former Paris Saint Germain ahead had been knowledgeable such phrases are seen as derogatory in Britain and he subsequently deleted the put up.
“The message I posted after the match on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game,” Cavani mentioned in an announcement.
“The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone. I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this.”
The FA issued tips pre-season clamping down on racist and discriminatory language and behavior, with offences on social media carrying a minimal three-game ban.
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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Dele Alli of Tottenham had been each suspended for one-match final season after posts that breached the rules.
“It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued,” United added in a membership assertion.
“Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”
Cavani might be free to play towards his former membership PSG within the Champions League on Wednesday.