Edinson Cavani suspended for three matches by the Football Association after using word ‘negrito’ in an Instagram post Uruguayan striker sent the message after scoring in the win over Southampton. FA decided it was discriminatory in nature and charged him with misconduct Cavani has decided not to contest the three-match ban issued by the FA. He’ll miss matches against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford
Edinson Cavani has been hit with a three-match ban after the Manchester United striker used the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post.
Cavani sent the message to a friend after his match-winning performance against Southampton last month, but the FA decided it was discriminatory in nature and charged him with misconduct.
The 33-year-old Uruguayan had until January 4 to respond but decided not to contest the charge which carries a minimum three-match ban.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three matches by the FA
Cavani used the word ‘negrito’ when responding to a message on his Instagram account
Uruguayan striker Cavani, 33, posted the message in response to a friend on Instagram after scoring twice in United’s 3-2 win at Southampton on November 29Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
* Games Cavani will miss
Friday Aston Villa (H)*
January 6 Manchester City (H)*
Carabao Cup semi-final
January 9 Watford (H)*
FA Cup third round
January 12 Burnley (A)
January 17 Liverpool (A)
January 20 Fulham (A)
He will now miss the Premier League game against Aston Villa, EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City and FA Cup clash with Watford – leaving him free to return to action at Liverpool on January 17.
The statement issued by the FA read: ‘Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020.
‘A comment posted on the Manchester United FC striker’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.
‘The post also constitutes an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission was appointed to decide the sanction and its written reasons will be published in due course.’
A statement from United read: ‘As he has stated, Edinson Cavani wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anyone who was offended.
‘Despite his honest 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 charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.
Cavani celebrates after scoring against Southampton – one of four goals for Man United
Losing Cavani will be a nuisance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the punishment could have been worse with three matches the minimum suspension for this type of offence
‘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 it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post.’