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The veteran forward will be out for three games following a racially insensitive social media post.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani accepted the Football Association’s decision to ban him for three matches over an Instagram post made in November, but was also quick to emphasize his innocence.
The 33-year-old was suspended along with a £ 100,000 fine and an order for face-to-face education on Thursday after the FA found that a post containing the words “Thank you black guy” discredited the game.
Cavani did not contest the FA’s decision with the Red Devils asking that their fine be used to fund anti-racism projects and initiatives.
Although he accepted his ban and stressed that he was eager to move forward with the incident, the Uruguayan has taken to social networks to reiterate that he was not malicious with his comments.
“Hello everyone, I do not want to dwell on this uncomfortable moment for me. I want to share with you that I accept the disciplinary sanction knowing that I am alien to the customs of the English language, but I do not share the point of view,” Cavani posted in Instagram.
“I apologize if I offended someone with an expression of affection towards a friend, nothing else was my intention. Those who know me know that my effort is to always seek the simplest happiness and friendship!
“I appreciate the innumerable expressions of support and affection. My heart is at peace because I know that I always expressed myself with affection according to my culture and way of life. I send you a sincere hug.”
Cavani will now miss United’s upcoming games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford, and the club said it is grateful that the FA has decided to impose the minimum suspension.
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the independent Regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum suspension of three games,” a club statement read.
“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.”
United will face Villa on Friday, with a victory that will tie them on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.