The Football Association(FA) has charged Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, for deleted Instagram post that is deemed racial.
Cavani had posted on his Instagram, in response to a fan, after scoring twice as a substitute in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in November.
The 33-year-old responded to a post from a friend on Instagram by writing ‘Gracias negrito’, which translates as ‘Thanks, little black’.
Cavani has since deleted the post and apologised insisting the word has a different and inoffensive meaning in his home nation.
But, the Uruguayan International has now been charged with misconduct and has until Monday, January 4, 2021, to provide a response.
“It is alleged that, contrary to FA Rule E3.1, a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin,” an FA statement read.
Manchester United have responded to the charge release a statement: “Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA – along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns in that regard.
“We note the FA decision today to charge Edinson Cavani for his social media reply to a friend’s message of congratulations, following the Southampton game.
“Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologised for, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.
“The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.”