Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has been banned for three gams and fined 100,000£ for an Instagram post that was deemed to be racist in nature. The Uruguayan shared an Instagram story from a fan which contained a racially offensive term after United’s comeback win against Southampton in November.
Cavani will now miss games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford. An FA statement said “A comment posted on the Manchester United FC striker’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1. The post also constitutes an “aggravated breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.”
“An independent Regulatory Commission was appointed to decide the sanction and its written reasons will be published in due course.”
Manchester United published a club statement and stressed there was no racist intent in Cavani’s post. The statement 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.”