Watford captain and talkSPORT mouthpiece Troy Deeney gave his verdict on Edinson Cavani’s social media post which sparked hoax outrage on Sunday evening.
After Cavani’s match-winning performance which saw the Uruguayan striker score two goals and record an assist off the bench for United against Southampton, he responded to a fan’s congratulatory message with ‘Gracias Negrito’.
The use of such term sparked debate on social media, with the FA investigating the post which was quickly removed for by United star.
It has foolishly been compared to Luis Suarez’s racist attack on Patrice Evra.
The biggest difference, as we explained here, is Suarez was pinching and arguing with an opposition player and did not mean the term in an affectionate manner like Cavani.
This is definitely a breakdown in language and I’m sure Cavani will learn from his mistake — whether he receives a ban or not.
Troy Deeney says that it ‘worries’ him that Cavani didn’t reconsider the post before it was published.
Video below courtesy of talkSPORT:
“I want to know if the FA are educating players when they come here.”
“I don’t think Cavani has meant to insult anyone, he just hasn’t understood.”
“It needs to be a 3-game ban with a form of education for him.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 30, 2020
“When you write a message out, it’s considered, nine times out of ten you’ll proofread it before putting it out there, because you don’t want to make yourself look like an idiot.”
“And at no point in the psychological did you (Cavani) go ‘that’s not right’, that’s what just worries me a little bit.”
“I understand we get three-game bans now, but I just want to know if the FA are educating players when they come to this country, because I don’t think he’s meant it to insult anyone but educate what’s acceptable and what isn’t.
“He’s written it out, thought about it, you’ve got people around that would go ‘I don’t think you should really do that’ and he’s probably acted in a moment of happiness, obviously scoring.
“That’s why I don’t take it as he meant offence by it, he just hasn’t understood the ramifications of his words, so I do think at times that three games isn’t enough.
“It’s got to be three games with a form of education in my opinion, and understanding that these words hurt people and these are the effect and why it hurts people.”