After posting a racially insensitive message on social media, Edinson Cavani was accused of misconduct by the Football Association, with Manchester United mulling over their response.
After bagging a brace in a dramatic 3-2 triumph for the Red Devils over Southampton on November 29, the experienced Uruguayan striker made headlines on and off the field.
He stepped off the bench to secure three points in that contest for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and was later showered with praise.
While interacting on Instagram with fans, with one saying “So, I love you, Matador!” “, replied Cavani with “Gracias n******.”
The 33-year-old quickly apologized for his actions, saying: “The message I posted after Sunday’s game was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him after the game for his congratulations.”
The last thing I wanted to do was cause anyone to be offended. I oppose racism completely and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it could be interpreted differently.
“I’d like to apologize sincerely for this.”
“However the FA has taken action against Cavani, with the possibility that he could now be banned and/or fined, with a statement reading: “On Thursday 29 November 2020, Edinson Cavani was charged with misconduct for a violation of FA Rule E3 about a social media post.
It is alleged that a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or disregarded the game, contrary to FA Rule E3.1.
It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as defined in FA Rule E3.2 since it included a reference to color and/or race and/or ethnic origin, whether express or implied.’
“Until Monday 4 January 2021, the striker has to respond to the charge.”
United claims that behind Cavani’s message there was “absolutely no malicious intent,” with the Premier League team claiming that there was “misconstruction” of interaction between two friends.
As the Red Devils plead innocence on behalf of their South American striker, when it comes to offering a response to the FA charge, they are now reflecting on their options.