Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for a now-deleted Instagram post.
After coming off the bench to score twice in United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton on 29 November, Cavani responded to a post from a friend on Instagram saying, ‘Gracias negrito’, which translates as, ‘Thanks, little black’.
Cavani has now been charged by the FA with misconduct and has until Monday 4 January 2021 to provide a response.
An FA statement read: ‘
Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3, in relation to a social media post on Thursday 29 November 2020.
It is alleged that, contrary to FA Rule E3.1, a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
‘It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
‘The striker has until Monday 4 January 2021 to provide a response to the charge.‘
United, meanwhile, responded with a statement of their own which read: ‘
Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA – along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns – in that regard.
Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologised for, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.
‘The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.‘
Cavani, who joined Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, had already released a statement saying he meant no harm and was responding in an ‘affectionate’ way to a friend.
‘The message I posted was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend,’ said Cavani.
‘I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently.
‘I would like to sincerely apologise for this.’