A three match ban and £100,000 fine. Edinson Cavani has an expensive start to 2021 thanks to the FA.
The charge relateEdins to one of his Instagram posts where he used the word ‘negrito’ after being congratulated by a friend for playing a crucial part in United’s win at Southampton in November.
Cavani was unaware that there were any racist connections in English, and the player deleted the post and quickly apologised for the miscommunication. There was nothing malicious about it and nobody got offended.
All of this fell on deaf ears at the FA as the Daily Mail claims that the phrase was ‘improper and brought the game into disrepute.’
This means Cavani will be absent for United’s match tonight against Aston Villa, as well as the Carabao Cup semi-final against Man City and Watford in the FA Cup.
It’s a blow for Cavani as much as it is for us. In a recent Instagram post, he hit back:
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“I do not want to extend much in this uncomfortable moment,” Cavani wrote on Instagram.
“I want to share with you that I accept the disciplinary sanction knowing that I am foreign to English language customs, but I do not share the point of view.
“I apologise if I offended someone with an expression of affection towards a friend, nothing further in my intention. Those who know me know that my effort always seeks the simplest joy and friendship!
“I appreciate the countless expressions of support and affection. My heart is at peace because I know that I always expressed myself with affection according to my culture and way of life. I send you a sincere hug.”
Manchester United are playing well, dominating games and most importantly climbing up the table.
Anthony Martial hasn’t been prolific enough but this is a good chance for the Frenchman to turn a corner for the season.