Man Utd responds to Edinson Cavani’s three-game ban

Edinson Cavani banned for Manchester United's next three games

Edinson Cavani is banned for Manchester United’s next three games (AMA / Getty)

Manchester United have defended Edinson Cavani and insist the forward is ‘not racist’ after receiving a three-game ban for using the word ‘negrito’ in an Instagram post.

After scoring two late goals in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton on November 29, Cavani thanked a friend for his congratulatory message but called him ‘negrito’, which is often used affectionately in North America. South to describe a person with dark skin or dark hair. .

United claim Cavani, who posted their response in Spanish, were unaware of the connotations and deleted the post after being told his post could be offensive.

The Uruguayan international will now miss United’s next three matches against Aston Villa in the Premier League, Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final and Watford in the FA Cup third round.

A statement from United read: ‘As he said Edinson Cavani was unaware his words could have been misinterpreted and he sincerely apologized for the message and to anyone who was offended.

“ Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending a loving thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to challenge the charge, out of respect and solidarity with the FA and the fight against the racism in football.

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani posted 'racist' message to friend on Instagram

Edinson Cavani’s reply to a friend on Instagram used the word ‘negrito’ (Instagram)

“ 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 hope that the Independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not racist and that there was no racist intent in connection with his post.”

Speaking earlier this month, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests foreign players entering the Premier League for the first time would benefit from an education program.

‘I saw Gary [Neville] said something [that] Maybe all players from different cultures should be educated and I’m sure Edinson learned the hard way, ”Solskjaer said.

“ We have communicated with Edinson and he is very sorry for the mistake he made. There was no malicious intent – it was just a loving greeting to a friend of his – but we explained it to him.

“ The FA asked him to explain himself so that he would cooperate with them and we will support him. This is one of those unfortunate situations where he just got to the country and in Uruguay he uses another [meaning] to what we have [for the word] so we will support it and we support the FA. It is important that the FA asked him to explain and everyone sees it because we want to fight discrimination with everyone.

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