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Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani received a three-game suspension from the Football Association for using a racial term in a social media post.
The 33 year old The summer signing ban relates to a message he sent to a fan after United’s victory over Southampton in November.
After scoring twice to lead the Red Devils to three points, Cavani used the word ‘negrito’, which translates to ‘black’, in response to a congratulatory message he received.
The Uruguayan quickly deleted the message and apologized after learning the connotations.
In fact, the issued a statement of apology the next day saying he was “completely against racism.”
But the FA charged the striker with “misconduct for a violation of FA Rule E3” in connection with his post on December 19 and has now suspended him for three games.
As such, he will miss Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa, the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City and the FA Cup third-round tie against
The FA said in a statement: “Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £ 100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for breach of FA Rule E3 in connection with a social media post. on Sunday November 29, 2020 “.
However, he will be available for the crucial Premier League meeting with Liverpool. United can tie the Reds on points, one game in hand, if they beat Villa on Saturday.
In addition, he will play his game against Burnley on January 12, five days before his meeting with Liverpool.
Man Utd Issues Statement From Cavani
Meanwhile, United issued its own statement in response to Cavani’s ban.
The club said (via manutd.com): “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 simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the accusation, out of respect and solidarity with the FA and the fight against racism. in soocer.
“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.”
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