Edinson Cavani [photo: sky sports]

Nov, 1st 2020 – Edinson Cavani has apologized for any unintentional offence caused by a social media post following Manchester United’s comeback win over Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguayan international shared an Instagram story from a fan, using a racially offensive term and although the post has since been deleted by the Football Association (FA) is expected to investigate the online post.

All social media postings are covered by FA Rule E3 meaning that if a comment is considered to include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, color, race or nationality, then it will be regarded as a potential aggravating factor in any punishment.

The rules also make it clear that the owner of the account is responsible for contents posted from their accounts, whether by a third party or themselves.

His statement read, “The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone. I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologize for this.”

Manchester United added that, “It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued. Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out released a statement regarding Cavani’s post calling for overseas players to be educated on language which may be offensive in the UK.

It read, “We are aware of a comment made last night on social media by Edinson Cavani that, in its native tongue, can be offensive in some contexts. We understand that the FA is investigating and the club and player are co-operating with that investigation. We await the outcome of that investigation. As we have said before, we believe that it would be helpful for overseas players, coming to England, to have routine education on language that may be unacceptable in this country.”

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