Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani handed three-match ban by FA over social media post

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has been handed a three-match ban and fined £100,000 ($ 136,594) by the English Football Association in relation to a social media post.

The Uruguayan thanked a follower on his Instagram story last month using the phrasegracias negrito,” which translates to “gracias, little Black one.
The phrase is seen as an affectionate term of endearment in South America but considered offensive in other parts of the world, because its meaning can be misconstrued.
Cavani later issued an apology for the language used sayingthe 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.
    In a statement on Thursday the FA said the post wasinsulting, abusivo, improper and brought the game into disreputeand constituted anaggravated breach […] as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
    Cavani of Uruguay heads the ball during the warmup before a South American World Cup qualifier against Brazil  on November 17, 2020 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    Before moving to United, Cavani played for Paris Saint-Germain between 2013 y 2020.

    Cavani must also completeface-to-face education.
    In a statement responding to the three-match ban, Manchester United said: “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.
    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.
    The ban comes into immediate effect meaning he will miss United’s English Premier League game against Aston Villa on Friday, the English League Cup semifinal against Manchester City on January 6 and the FA Cup third round tie against Watford on January 9.
      Cavani has scored four goals since joining United in October.
      Before moving to England, the 33-year-old Cavani won six league titles with Paris Saint-Germain and, con 200 goals, is the French club’s all-time leading scorer.

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