Manchester United said Edinson Cavani did not contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.
Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani banned for 3 games over offensive post (Reuters Photo)
- Edinson Cavani banned for 3 matches, fined by FA for offensive social media post
- Cavani did not contest the charge ‘out of respect for the FA and the fight against racism in football’
- Cavani had apologised for his post and deleted it soon after facing flask
Manchester United’s star forward Edinson Cavani has been slapped with a three-match ban by the English Football Association for using a term with racial connotations on social media. Cavani has also been fined $136,500 and ordered to complete face-to-face education after admitting to breaching the FA’s rules.
Edinson Cavani deleted the comment on his Instagram post and said he did not want the comment to be interpreted with a racist tone. Cavani responded to a congratulatory message he received on social media after inspiring Manchester United to a 3-2 comeback win over Southampton in their Premier League game in November. Cavani scored twice after coming off the bench at half-time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. “Gracias negrito,” Cavani wrote in Spanish before deleting his comment.
However, the FA said Cavani’s comment was “insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute” and also was an “aggravated breach” because it “included reference, whether express or implied, to color and/or race and/or ethnic origin.”
Manchester United conceded that the FA had to impose a 3-match ban but stressed it will make it clear that Cavani is not a racist.
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the independent regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum three game suspension,” United said in a statement. “The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post,” United said in a statement.
“Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.”