Edinson Cavani, Manchester United striker, banned for 3 games over social media post

Edinson Cavani, Manchester United striker, banned for 3 games over social media post

- Cavani sent out a social media post on November 29 which was offensive in some contexts

- The striker deleted the post and apologized to people who might have interpreted it differently

- The FA has since imposed a hefty punishment for the Uruguayan striker including a 3-game ban

- Cavani will miss games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford in the FA Cup

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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been banned for three games and fined (£100,000) for using a Spanish phrase which is offensive in some contexts.

The Uruguay international pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge for using improper words on social media which is a breach of FA Rule E3.

Cavani’s ban begins immediately, and the striker is subsequently set to miss United’a games against Aston Villa (Premier League), Manchester City (Carabao) and Watford (FA cup).

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The incident in question took place on November 29 after Cavani scored the winner in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton.

He took to social media to share a post from a fan which contained some offensive language.

Back clash soon ensued and Cavani was forced to take down the post after he learnt it was offensive in some contexts.

Cavani issued an apology shortly after sending the message on Instagram.

"It was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game," said the former Napoli and Paris St-Germain striker.

Edinson Cavani, Manchester United striker, banned for 3 games over social media post
Edinson Cavani, Manchester United striker, banned for 3 games over social media post. Photo by Marc Atkins
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Manchester United have since released a statement on Cavani’s ban, demanding the FA's full written reasons for imposing the ban so that it is clear the striker is not racist.

"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,” a statement on the Manchester United website read.

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Manchester United chiefs have extended the contract of England international Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford by another year in what will be an incredible one for the forward.

This means that Jesse Lingard will no longer be leaving Manchester United in January 2021.

Lingard has not played any game for Manchester United so far this season in the Premier League and even before the Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League.

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