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The FA has explained its reasoning by imposing a three-match penalty and a £ 100,000 fine on Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after his post on social media that included a word in Spanish that is considered racist in other languages.
Cavani took the floor to thank his friend for a message of support after he inspired Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Southampton in November with two goals from the bench.
The Uruguayan forward eliminated the post and apologized after learning that the term could be interpreted as racist.
the FA has launched the report of the regulatory commission for the case of Cavani, which details the reasoning behind the penalty of the striker.
The use of the term violates FA Rule E3: the use of indecent or insulting words with express or implicit reference to ethnic origin, color or race.
Such a violation would normally result in a six to 12 game ban. However, the FA concluded that Cavani’s message was “not intended to be racist or offensive to either his friend or other people reading the content of the Instagram post.”
As the offense was committed using a communication device (rather than speaking the word aloud), and as there was no intent to be discriminatory or offensive, a ban of six more games would have been considered “excessive”.
The FA took into account the fact that the Spanish-speaking Cavani had never lived in an English-speaking country before and has received no media training since moving to Old Trafford in October 2020 specifically to live in the UK. .
However, they also added that Cavani could have privately replied to his friends’ message, but chose to publicly post to his 7.9 million followers on Instagram. Although the United man had no intention of offending, this is not how each of his fans may have interpreted the term.
“A reasonable observer who does not understand South American cultural norms regarding the use of the word and who does not understand the relationship between the Player and his close friend, would inevitably consider the words used by the Player to be an offense. Rule E3 (2) “the report added.
“An English Premier League football fan would have understandably concluded that the words used were racially offensive.”