Dec, 17th 2020 – Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani has been charged for a deleted social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts. Under new FA guidelines agreed in the summer, Cavani risks a minimum three-match ban if he is found guilty.
The Uruguayan striker sent the message after scoring the injury-time winner in United’s 3-2 win at Southampton. Cavani, 33, subsequently deleted it and apologized when the meaning that could be attached to it was pointed out.
The 33 year old has until 4th of January to provide a response to the misconduct charge. United says that the message had no malicious intent.
In a response to the charge, United said, “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 organizations, 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.”
They added, “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.”
Following United’s win on the 29th November, Cavani issued an apology shortly after posting the message on Instagram. The former Napoli and Paris St-Germain striker said, “It was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently.”