An association post on Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for using the word “Negrito” in an Instagram post last month has violated Football Association (FA) rules. The 33-year-old Uruguayan had apologized for the post, which he sent after Manchester United beat Southampton 3–2 on 29 November.
“Addison Cavani has been charged with misconduct in connection with a social media post on Thursday, November 29, 2020,” the FA said in a statement.
“It has been alleged that … a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page brought the offending and / or abusive and / or inappropriate and / or game into controversy.
“It is further alleged that the commentary constitutes an ‘agitated breech’ … because it contains a reference, whether expressed or implied, to color or / or race and / or ethnic origin.”
United issued a statement defending the striker, saying that there was no malicious intent behind Cavani’s message.
“Manchester United and all our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA,” the club said.
“Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which they removed and apologized as soon as they were informed that it might be wrong.
“Players and clubs will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.”
Cavani, who is back in training following a muscle injury but is still doubtful of a United Premier Premier trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, has until 4 January to answer the charge.
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