Edinson Cavani Apologises over Instagram Post

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, has issued an apology after making a social media post that included potentially racist, discriminatory language.

On Sunday evening, 29 November, Edinson responded to an Instagram follower, who had congratulated him on securing a two-goal haul during the Red Devils’ 3-2 victory over Southampton earlier that day.

In the now-deleted post, the 33-year-old Uruguayan replied in Spanish: “Gracias negrito [sic].”

In English, the phrase translates to “Thank you, little black one”; despite being a term of endearment in Cavani’s home country, it may strongly be seen as a racial slur elsewhere.

On Monday, 30 November, Cavani issued a statement, writing: “I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this.”

Nevertheless, the English Football Association have launched an investigation into this incident – should Cavani be found guilty of using racist or discriminatory language on social media, he could face a three-game ban.

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