01 December 2020 10:31
Troy Deeney has insisted a three-game ban is not enough for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after he posted a Spanish term with alleged racial connotations on social media on Sunday. Cavani, who on Monday afternoon apologised for the post, came off the bench to score a brace and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side a dramatic 3-2 win at Southampton. But the Uruguayan striker's heroics at St Mary's were overshadowed when he posted a controversial Spanish term on social media in the hours that followed - on Monday afternoon, Cavani 'sincerely apologised', saying the post 'was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend.' Troy Deeney says a three-game ban is not enough for Edinson Cavani after he posted a Spanish term with racial connotations on social media His full statement on the United website read: '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. United added in a club statement: '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. In response to a message of congratulations, seemingly from a friend, Cavani said on his Instagram story on Sunday: 'Gracias negrito.' The term, which makes reference to race, translates directly as 'Thanks black'.
Cavani is now facing an FA probe but Deeney, speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast show on Monday, thinks the United star should be given more than a three-game ban, as well as extra education on the issue. When asked if a three-match ban for Cavani is enough, Deeney added: 'No, I don't think it is. Any discriminatory behaviour on social media will carry a minimum three-game suspension for culprits compared to bans of between six and 12 games for offences that take place in matches. The bans were increased after Manchester City's Bernardo Silva and Tottenham's Dele Alli were suspended for just one-game after breaching FA rules with posts on social media. Former Liverpool striker Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for using the word 'negro' towards ex-United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.
Cavani, who could be asked to give his observations, and United insist the term 'negrito' was used as one of affection. Cavani's countryman, then Liverpool striker Suarez, was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for using the word 'negro' after clashing with United defender Patrice Evra in 2011. Suarez attempted to argue in his FA hearing that the word in Uruguay and other parts of Latin America is inoffensive in certain situations. Any on social media will carry a minimum three-game suspension for culprits compared to bans of between six and 12 games for offences that take place in matches. The bans were increased after Manchester City's Bernando Silva and Tottenham's Dele Alli were suspended for just one-game last season after breaching FA rules with posts on social media.
Edinson Cavani: Why the term he used on Instagram might be affectionate, but that doesn't mean it's not racist Manchester United's Uruguayan striker faces a possible three-match ban after using a racially offensive term in an Instagram post The FA will investigate Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani for a now-deleted social media post in which the Uruguayan uses a Spanish term with racial connotations. After his match-winning contribution for United at Southampton on Sunday, Cavani shared a congratulatory post on his Instagram story, which featured a picture of him celebrating at St Mary's. The club said the 33-year-old had been made aware such terms are viewed as offensive in the UK and he subsequently deleted the post. Cavani went on to apologise on Monday, with the club adding in a statement: "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. Edinson Cavani deleted his Instagram post after speaking to Man Utd officials (Photo: Getty/Instagram) "I'm not one to police language, but I do think international stars who have the megaphone need to be much more self-conscious of the implications of the words they use," Dr Sabatini said. Cavani's friend and compatriot Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 in 2011 after the Football Association found the ex-Liverpool striker guilty of racially abusing then-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The Spanish language experts told us that if Mr Suarez said the things that Mr Evra alleged, they would be considered racially offensive in Uruguay and other regions of Latin America." The case findings added: "Mr Suarez's behaviour was far more serious than a single use of the word "n***o" to address Mr Evra in a way which would be considered inoffensive in Uruguay. Evra revealed earlier this year he received a letter of apology from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore, while in 2019 former Reds defender Jamie Carragher also apologised to Evra after Liverpool players wore t-shirts in support of Suarez immediately after the striker was handed his eight-game ban. Hernandez, the Manchester United player, has been a close friend of Omar Esparza for many years and refers to him as "el N***ito" in an affectionate way. Ahead of the new season the FA applied a minimum three-match suspension should any player be found guilty of a discriminatory incident on social media. Cavani was replying to a congratulatory message on Instagram, following his crucial role in Manchester United's 3-2 comeback win at Southampton on Sunday, when he used the phrase "Gracias negrito". Once Cavani was made aware of the possible offence caused to a wider audience, he deleted the post. However, a precedent was set last season when Manchester City's Bernardo Silva was suspended for one game for a social media post which breached FA guidelines, despite his claims of lacking intent to offend, and such offences now carry a minimum three-match ban. "I just think when you write a message out, it's considered, nine times out of 10, that you'll proofread it before putting it out there because you don't want to make yourself look an idiot. Asked if a three-match ban is adequate, Deeney said: "No, I don't think it is. 'Negrito' was also the term Luis Suarez used towards Patrice Evra which earned him an eight-game ban in 2011. An FA panel rejected Suarez's claim that the phrase a term of endearment, given the context of their "heated exchanges" during the game between Suarez's Liverpool and Evra's Manchester United. Gary Neville has lavished praise on Edinson Cavani, saying he is one of the best in the business at making near-post runs. Neville referred back to Cavani's debut for United against in October as evidence of how he executes the near-post run so well. Edinson Cavani has 'sincerely apologised' for causing any offence over an Instagram post following Manchester United's Premier League win over Southampton. Cavani scored twice and assisted Bruno Fernandes in United's 3-2 comeback and after the game shared a post from a friend on an Instagram Story, adding 'Gracías negrito'. Once Cavani was informed the post could be interpreted offensively out of context, he deleted the Story but the Football Association will look into the post. Cavani said in a statement issued by United: "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. Free Manchester United newsletter Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani's two goals off the bench. United added in a separate statement: "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.