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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani received a three-game ban after a misinterpreted post on social media led the South American into trouble with the FA.
Cavani, 33, joined United on a free transfer during the deadline day of the summer transfer window, the move was confirmed in the club official website.
Since his arrival at the top flight in England, the elite striker has participated in 14 games and has already participated directly in six goals, in all competitions.
However, a social media post posted by Cavani ahead of his team’s 3-2 Premier League victory against Southampton on November 29 saw the forward use the term ‘Thank you Negrito‘.
Images courtesy of Edinson Cavani’s official Instagram
Despite the initial brow-raising term, it soon became clear that Cavani’s choice of words was for the attacker to speak in his mother tongue and was not a deliberate attempt to racially abuse anyone.
Extensive investigation into the 33-year-old’s social media post has seen soccer regulators, the FA, decide to punish Cavani and hand the forward a three-match ban, according to Daily mail.
In response to the FA’s decision to ban Cavani, United issued a formal statement (via the club website) what does it say:
As you have said, Edinson Cavani was unaware that his words might have been misinterpreted and sincerely apologized for the post and for all who were offended.
Despite his sincere belief that he was merely 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 and solidarity with the FA and the fight against racism in football.
“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.
“The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in connection with his position.”