01 December 2020 02:33
Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani used the Spanish term 'negrito', which translates as 'black'. "The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game," he said in a statement. Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani apologised for the social media message he posted after his match-winning performance at Southampton. Manchester United's Edinson Cavani apologised for a social media post that may have caused offence. The Football Association - which is aware of the matter and will investigate - issued guidelines ahead of this season clamping down on racist and discriminatory language and behaviour, with offences on social media carrying a minimum three-game ban.
Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out released a statement regarding Cavani's post and again called for overseas players to be educated on language which may cause offence in the UK. Edinson Cavani deserves more than a three-match ban after using the word 'negrito' in a social media post, insists Troy Deeney. The Manchester United striker is set to face a Football Association investigation into a message he posted on Instagram after Sunday's Premier League win over Southampton. Substitute Cavani inspired the Red Devils to a 3-2 comeback with two goals and an assist, and after the game replied to a message of congratulations with the phrase: 'Gracias negrito'. Getty Images - Getty 4 Cavani rescued Man United against Southampton His club made it clear on Sunday evening that the word has different connotations in South America, with claims it is used affectionately towards friends in the same way many Brits use the world 'mate'.
Suarez – a close friend of Cavani's and a teammate in the Uruguay national team – argued that the word was a term of endearment and not intended as a form of racial abuse. Asked if a three-match ban for Cavani is a severe enough punishment, Deeney added: "No, I don't think it is. getty 4 Suarez and Evra were involved in a huge race row after the Liverpool striker's comments towards the Man United defender back in 2011 On Sunday, Cavani came off the bench for United and scored a double as they came back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2. On Monday, he issued a statement which read: "The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. Manchester United also commented on the incident, stating: "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.
The FA has confirmed it is investigating the post, which was published shortly after United's 3-2 win against Southampton, in which Cavani scored two goals after coming on as a half-time substitute. Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United to comeback at Southampton Read more In the post – which was later deleted – the words "gracias negrito!" are used to thank a follower congratulating Cavani on his performance in the match at St Mary's. Last year, Manchester City's Bernardo Silva was banned for one match after posting and then deleting a tweet comparing his teammate Benjamin Mendy to the cartoon figure on a brand of Spanish chocolate. The word in question – "negrito" – brings back into light the infamous row that took place between Cavani's friend and Uruguay teammate Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra during a game between Liverpool and Manchester United in 2011. It was the word Suárez was believed to have said to Evra; the striker later admitted he said "negro" but did so in a friendly manner that is common in Uruguay. However, the FA's disciplinary panel rejected this explanation, deeming Suárez had used the word in a derogatory manner and that while he is not a racist, he had been racially abusive to Evra. At the start of this season, the FA issued fresh guidelines on racist language and behaviour on social media, with offences carrying a minimum ban of three matches.