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Cavani banned by English FA over 'racial' slur

Edinson Cavani banned by English FA over alleged racial slur on social media

December 31, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
Despite initial reports, the Uruguayan striker was not pardoned by football authorities in England after a message aimed at one of his close friends on Instagram.

The English FA has ruled on the charges pressed against Edinson Cavani regarding an alleged racial slur, and the decision has been met with both controversy and concern, as the FA suspended the Uruguayan and added a monetary fine to his punishment.

In a statement released earlier today, the English FA detailed the ban for the South American ace, who will be missing the next three games for the Red Devils, all of them set to take place at Old Trafford.

"Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020," the document states.

Earlier this month, Cavani had to step up and explain why he had used the word "negrito" in a thank-you message aimed at a friend, which was taken as a racial slur by English football authorities. 

Manchester United admitted that the player never intended to offend anyone with his remarks, but the club acknowledged that Cavani's words could be considered tasteless especially due to the problems caused by racist expressions around the world.

"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," the club stated on their website.

The club went on to urge English FA authorities to acknowledge Cavani's cooperation on this matter, adding that the Uruguayan's name should not be labeled as a racist after this incident.

"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 trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post," the document by the club concluded.

Cavani will be left out of the squad that will face Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Watford.

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