By Babajide Okeowo
Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani has been slammed with a three-match ban and £100,000 fine after he used the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post.
Cavani sent the message to a friend after his match-winning performance against Southampton last month, but the FA decided it was discriminatory in nature and charged him with misconduct.
Cavani and United have maintained from the start that it was an affectionate message to a close friend whose nickname is Negrito, and the player was not aware that the word is unacceptable in this country or could be interpreted as racist.
United pointed out that Cavani immediately apologised and deleted the post, and also decided not to contest the charge out of respect for the fight against racism. They also hope that the £100,000 fine will go towards funding the FA’s anti-racism initiatives.
A statement from United read: “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.