The veteran striker will be eliminated for three games after a racially insensitive post on social media
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has accepted the Football Association’s decision to ban him for three games for an Instagram post in November, but has been quick to point out his innocence.
The 33-year-old was given a suspension, along with a £ 100,000 fine, and ordered to face education face-to-face on Thursday after the FA found a post containing the words “Gracias negrito” brought the game into disgrace.
Cavani did not challenge the FA’s decision, and the Red Devils demanded that the fine be used to fund anti-racist projects and initiatives.
Although he accepted the ban and stressed that he is eager to get over the incident, the Uruguayan went on social media to reiterate that he did not want to say anything bad with his comments.
“Hello everyone, I don’t want to expand much at this inconvenient moment for me. I want to share with you the fact that I accept the disciplinary sanction knowing that I am a stranger to English habits, but I do not share the point of view,” Cavani posted on Instagram .
“I apologize if I offended someone with an expression of affection for a friend, nothing further was my intention. Those who know me know that my effort is to always seek the simplest joy and friendship!
“I appreciate the countless expressions of support and affection. My heart is calm because I know that I have always expressed affection depending on my culture and way of life. I send you a sincere hug.”
Cavani will now miss United’s next matches against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford, with the club saying they are grateful that the FA has decided to impose a minimum suspension.
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the Independent Regulatory Commission has been asked to impose a suspension of at least three games,” the club said in a statement.
“The club is confident that the Independent Regulatory Commission will clarify in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not racist and there is no racist intent in connection with his post.”
United will face Villa on Friday, with a victory that will bring them to a tie on points, with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League standings.