A new wine under the brand name ‘Gracias Negrito’ has been launched in a show of support for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.
A bit much, I’m sure some of you will agree…
Edinson Cavani, 33, joined Manchester United during the summer transfer window on a Bosman and has recently seen a racism ban upheld by the FA.
The striker posted a message of thanks on his official Instagram account after United came from behind to beat Southampton in November.
Cavani used wording [‘gracias negrito’] that was slammed by the FA on the grounds of racism, but the United star deleted his post once informed that such terminology is not accepted in the UK, where it has a different meaning than in Uruguay.
Manchester United reiterated that Cavani used a non-offensive term in his native language, and culturally he was none the wiser. It’s not a phrase he’ll use again while he’s at United.
In response to the ban, which we disagree with on the grounds of context, some Uruguayan wine-maker has gone an extra step further by launching a new wine under the brand name ‘Gracias Negrito’.
See the pictures below, via Diario Ole.
🍷 En Uruguay encontraron otra forma de bancar a Cavani: lanzaron el vino Gracias Negrito para repudiar la insólita sanción que sufrió en Inglaterra
💬 "Debía ser un vino bien negrito, y debía ser un Tannat, que es nuestra cepa insignia”, contó Silvina Rosas, la impulsora pic.twitter.com/bUBcYe9mdu
— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 9, 2021
In poor taste, however, promoter Silvina Rosas describes the wine as ‘very dark’ so I don’t feel this is something Cavani will want attached to his name because it doesn’t use the same context as his initial Instagram post.
I’d also argue there are many ways to support Cavani but this isn’t one of them.
It’s a blatant attempt to troll the FA, and it’s not a very clever one…