Rediff.com  » Sports » United's Cavani charged by FA over racial term

United's Cavani charged by FA over racial term

December 17, 2020 22:01 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

Manchester United issued a statement defending the striker, saying there was no malicious intent behind Edinson Cavani's message.

IMAGE: Manchester United issued a statement defending the striker, saying there was no malicious intent behind Edinson Cavani's message. Photograph: Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been charged with an aggravated breach of the Football Association's (FA) rules for using the word "negrito" in an Instagram post last month.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan had apologised for the post, which he sent after Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 on Nov. 29, saying it was an affectionate greeting to a friend.

"Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct... in relation to a social media post on Thursday Nov. 29, 2020," the FA said in a statement.

 

"It is alleged that... 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'... as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin."

United issued a statement defending the striker, saying there was no malicious intent behind Cavani's message.

"Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA... in that regard," the club said.

"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 is back in training after a muscle injury but is still doubtful for United's Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, has until January 4 to respond to the charge.

Get Rediff News in your Inbox:
Source: source
© Copyright 2021 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
SHARE THIS STORYCOMMENT

India tour of Australia 2020

India's tour of Australia 2020