Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games by the English Football Association on Thursday after utilizing a Spanish time period for Black folks which he mentioned was supposed as an affectionate greeting.
Cavani has additionally been fined 100,000 kilos ($136,500) and ordered to finish face-to-face training after admitting to breaching the FA’s guidelines.
The FA mentioned the remark was “insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute’ and also was an “aggravated breach” as a result of it “included reference, whether express or implied, to color and/or race and/or ethnic origin.”
The message was posted by the Uruguayan on Instagram after he scored twice in United’s 3-2 victory at Southampton in October within the Premier League.
“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,” United mentioned in a press release.
“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.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain participant, who joined United as a free agent in October, has already issued an apology.
“Edinson Cavani wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologized for the post and to anyone who was offended,” United mentioned. “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.”