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Edinson Cavani handed three game ban for racial post, Man United respond with official statement

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been handed a three match ban after a misconstrued social media post landed the South American in hot water with the FA.

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Cavani, 33, joined United on a free transfer during the summer transfer window’s deadline day, the move was confirmed on the club’s official website.

Since his arrival in England’s top-flight, the elite striker has featured in 14 games and has already been directly involved in six goals, in all competitions.

However, a social media post posted by Cavani prior to his side’s 3-2 Premier League win against Southampton on November 29 saw the forward use the term ‘Gracias Negrito‘.

Pictures courtesy of Edinson Cavani’s official Instagram

Despite the initial brow-raising term, it soon became clear that Cavani’s choice of words was the attacker speaking in his native tongue and was not a deliberate attempt to racially abuse anyone.

The lengthy investigation into the 33-year-old’s social media post have seen football regulators the FA decide to punish Cavani and hand the striker a three match ban, as per Daily Mail.

In response to the FA’s decision to ban Cavani, United have issued a formal statement (via the club’s website) which reads:

“As he has stated, Edinson Cavani wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anyone who was offended. 
 
“Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.
 
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the independent Regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum three game suspension.  

“The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post.”

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10 Comments

  1. carlos says:

    Why Negrito is offensive? Is he white?

  2. RedGinseng says:

    More PC/Woke madness…just crazy. Western countries looking more and more like Nazi Germany everyday. The irony.

    1. jes says:

      facism is alive and well when you elect leaders in charge who make racism normal what outcome does one expect

      1. Pax says:

        Good lord…..so racism is exclusive to facism now? Try telling that to Uighurs in China. If you want reasoned informed debate then know what you’re talking about. Shouting an agenda you’ve heard on twitter with no understanding of the facts is the kind of unhelpful behaviour that undermines the cause you “claim” to support.

        1. jes says:

          so what cause do you support the fascist with justify their actions by also pointing out isolated incidents thats like calling the black panther movement racist as the kkk were lynching the blacks-you you wasp are basically all the same only see whats good for themselfs and damn the rest –

  3. jess says:

    only the above comment would come from who hasn’t experienced racial indifference- the privileged white must think its their god given right to slight anyone who is non white-that’s why i love my dog -dogs don’t see color-they judge your character-

    1. D says:

      Racial indifference? If you’re going to use words of more than two syllables try and make sure you know what you’re saying. Might help if you knew the facts of the story too, before showing yourself to be the ignorant trend follower you so clearly are.

  4. jes says:

    just because you feel its not offence try telling that to ones hearing this ya i read the story so fck off i find it it demeaning i grew up with whites only area and my best white friends wouldn’t say this- its funny their all sorry when they get caught-if you are a brit i guess you dont mind being called slimy limy if i was your mate- take your your fascist ideas tell some one who cares-kiss my bullocks

    1. Bill says:

      You have just proved in, your 100 word sentence, why no one should listen to ANYTHING you have to say.

      Congratulations.

  5. RedGinseng says:

    Context is everything.

    Cavani’s comment does not denigrate a people or a race. No malice in anything he has said. Merely a keyword that was flagged: Negrito.

    Now – given the above…am i being racist?

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