Jan, 5th 2020 – Uruguay’s players’ union has called on the Football Association to overturn Edinson Cavani’s three-match ban. The Manchester United striker has been fined £100,000 and banned for an Instagram post containing a Spanish word that is offensive in some contexts. 

Luis Suarez and Diego Godin have both shared a statement by their national players’ union that calls the punishment a “discriminatory” act. Uruguay’s Football Association also wants the ban reviewed.

The FA said the post was alleged to be “insulting and/or abusive and brought the game into disrepute”.Cavani accepted the FA’s charge, with United saying the Uruguayan chose not to contest it “out of respect for, and solidarity with” the governing body and football’s fight against racism.

The statement from Uruguayan Football Players’ Association read, “Firstly, we must condemn the arbitrary conduct of the English Football Association. Far from condemning racism, the English FA has itself committed a discriminatory act against the culture and way of life of the Uruguayan people. The sanction shows the English FA’s biased, dogmatic and ethnocentric vision that only allows a subjective interpretation to be made from its particular and excluding conclusion, however flawed it may be.”

It continued, “Edinson Cavani has never committed any conduct that could be interpreted as racist. He merely used a common expression in Latin America to affectionately address a loved one or close friend. To sustain that the only way to obtain a valid interpretation in life is that which lies in the minds of the managers of the English FA is actually a true discriminatory act, which is completely reprehensible and against Uruguayan culture.”

“We would therefore like to publicly defend Edinson Cavani’s impeccable character and of course our country’s culture.”

“We are all against any kind of discrimination; however, unfortunately, through its sanction, the English FA expresses absolute ignorance and disdain for a multicultural vision of the world, respectful of its plurality, by erroneously, unilaterally and rigidly imposing its anti-racist rules, the basis of which we support but are obviously not realistically applicable to the case in question here.”

Lastly, we urge the English FA to review its decision-making processes related to these issues immediately so that it does not commit any similar injustice ever again. Its regulations should take into account the plurality of people’s ways of life and cultures. The first rule to fight any racism is to respect such different ways of life and cultures. By virtue of the foregoing, we request the FA to immediately overturn the sanction imposed on Edinson Cavani and reinstate his good name and honour in the world that has been so unfairly tarnished by this reprehensible action.”

FA maintains that Cavani was found guilty following full and thorough investigation.

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