Edinson Cavani apologises over social media post investigated by FA

Edinson Cavani apologises over social media post investigated by FA

The Uruguay striker says he is ‘completely opposed to racism’ and Man Utd state there was ‘no malicious intent’ behind the message Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for the social media message he posted following his match-winning performance at Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguay international-inspired United’s comeback 3-2 victory over Southampton with two goals and an assist after coming off the bench at half-time.

Also Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani used the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’.


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The 33-year-old insists he is “completely opposed to racism”, having deleted the post after he had been made aware of the connotations.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“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 apologise for this.”


United also issued a short statement backing Cavani.

“It is clear to us that absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message. And he deleted it as soon as he informed that it misconstrued,” it read.

Also said, “Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused Manchester United and all of our players fully committed to fighting against racism.”

The Football Association – which is aware of the matter and will investigate. Issued guidelines ahead of this season clamping down on the racist. And discriminatory language and behaviour. With offences on social media carrying a minimum three-game ban.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out released statement regarding Cavani’s post. And again called for overseas players to educated on language which may cause offence in the UK.

“We aware of a comment made last night on social media by Edinson Cavani that In its native tongue, can offensive in some contexts,” it read.

Cavani's injury-time header secured the three points for Man Utd.
Cavani’s stoppage-time header secured the three points for Man Utd (Mike Hewitt/PA)

And then “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.

Also said, “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.”


The former Paris St Germain forward moved to Old Trafford in the summer on a free transfer. And scored his first Premier League goal in the recent win at Everton.

He introduced at half-time at Southampton with United trailing 2-0 Providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes to pull one back before equalising himself And heading home a stoppage-time winner.

Edinson Cavani apologises over social media post investigated by FA

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