Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games and fined 100,000 pounds (111,000 euros) by the English Football Federation (FA) after admitting the accusation the body brought against him for using a racial term.
The 33-year-old Uruguayan forward wrote the word “negrito” in an Instagram post after beating Southampton on November 29, although he later withdrew it and apologized.
Cavani responded with a “thank you, black boy” to a friend’s congratulations after scoring two goals in the final minutes that allowed United to overcome Southampton (2-3) in a Premier League match.
The matches that you lose
Cavani will miss the Premier game that United will play this Friday, first day of 2021, against Aston Villa, the semi-final of the League Cup against Manchester City on January 6 and the FA Cup game against the Watford on the 9th.
“A comment posted on the Manchester United forward’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, inappropriate and discredited the game against FA Rule E3.1,” the FA argued in its statement.
“The publication also constitutes an‘ aggravated violation ’, which is defined in Rule FA E3.2, since it included a reference, either express or implied, to color and / or race and / or ethnic origin.”
The FA also forces Cavani to go through an education process as part of his punishment.
The reasons not to appeal
Meanwhile, United said that Cavani decided not to appeal the accusation out of respect for the FA and the “fight against racism in football.”
“Despite his sincere belief that he was simply sending a warm thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge,” United said in a statement.
“The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not racist, nor was there any racist intention in connection with his position,” United concludes.