A social media post from Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is expected to be investigated by the FA.
Cavani simply shared an Instagram story from a fan and used a phrase that could be deemed racially offence. The post has since bene removed.
This all happened after the Uruguay international’s inspired second-half performance in Manchester United’s comeback victory against Southampton on Sunday.
Manchester United will stress that the world was used in an affectionate manner and has different connotations in South America, where Cavani originates from.
According to Sky Sports, Cavani deleted the post after United made him aware such terms are perceived very differently in the UK.
This all happened after Cavani came off the bench at St. Mary’s to score a brace and fire United into a 3-2 lead over the hosts. He also assisted Bruno Fernandes for United’s first goal in the game to clinch a fourth consecutive away win in the league.
The Uruguayan striker has mow scored three league goals for United since joining as a free agent in the summer.
Let’s wait and see what happens in response to Cavani’s Instagram post but people comparing it with Luis Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra are miles beyond miles off the mark.
The term used may be a phrase of affection in South American, but Evra lost that excuse after he was seen pinching and arguing with the former United left-back. He did not mean it in an affectionate way.
Cavani could face a fine or suspension depending on the FA’s verdict. Time will tell.