The Manchester United striker wrote and later removed a reply on his Instagram profile, which in certain cases can be called offensive.
Edinson Cavani apologized for a social media message that featured a Spanish word that could be perceived as insulting as the Instagram story of the Manchester United striker was investigated by the Football Association.
On Sunday evening after guiding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to victory against Southampton at St Mary’s scoring twice in the second half, the Uruguayan posted the answer on his Instagram profile.
The 33-year-old replied to a congratulatory note from a friend, then deleted the post after being made aware of how the wording in the UK could be perceived.
He shared some of the positive messages he received from fans in the wake of the victory and responded to one post with the message “Gracias n******”.
The striker is understood to assume that he was behaving with a pal in a fun way and when it was called to his attention how it could be perceived, he immediately acted to delete the message. It is known that United are aware of the message, but the FA has yet to reach them.
The message I posted after the game on Sunday was meant as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. In a tweet, Cavani apologized for any offense he caused.
The last thing I needed to do was cause someone to be upset. I condemn bigotry absolutely and erased the post as soon as it was clarified that it could be viewed differently. For this, I would like to deeply apologize.
A statement from Manchester United added: “It is evident to us that behind Edinson’s message there was absolutely no malicious intent and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued.”
An apology was issued by Edinson for any unintentional offense caused. The fight against racism is fully committed by Manchester United and all of our players.
In 2019, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was given a one-game suspension and a fine following a social media message that alluded to the ethnicity of Benjamin Mendy and the FA found it to be a ‘aggravated violation’ of its social media posting laws.
More recently, Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli was threatened with a similar penalty for a joke shared online related to coronavirus – a one-game suspension, a fine and an undertaking to follow an education course.
At the beginning of this season, the governing body adopted revised charging procedures and sanctioning criteria for discrimination by individual players and fans, and the minimum ban is three games for persons convicted and found guilty of breaking the laws on social media.
On the question, the FA and United have not yet officially commented.
On a free transfer in October, Cavani joined the Old Trafford side and has scored three goals in five Premier League substitute appearances.