The English Football Association has charged Manchester United’s center-forward Edinson Cavani for misconduct over a social media post the footballer shared on Thursday 29 November 2020.
Hence, the 33-year-old Uruguayan has until January 4, 2020, to respond to the charge which includes breach of FA rule E3 which prohibits players, coaches, and other stakeholders connected to the football association from using insulting or abusive language.
To make matter worse for the former Paris Saint Germain striker, the FA said Edinson Cavani’s social media post constituted “Aggravated Breach” of the association’s rule E3.2 which relates to an offense against a race.
Based on this, the football star could face at least a three-match ban if the FA finds him guilty of any of the charges against him.
Edinson Cavani got into this legal tussle after Manchester United’s victory over Southampton on 29 November 2020 in which he scored two goals despite being a second-half substitute. After the match, the football veteran took to his Instagram page to appreciate a friend of his that congratulated him for the victory.
Cavani wrote, “Gracias negrito” which means “thank you black” when translated into English. Though he has seen deleted the Instagram post and has tendered his apology, the FA has continued to dig up the issue.
“Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3, about a social media post on Thursday 29 November 2020″, the FA statement noted on Thursday, December 17.
“It is alleged that, contrary to FA Rule E3.1, a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player’s Instagram page was insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to color and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
“The striker has until Monday 4 January 2021 to respond to the charge.”
When it became known that Edinson Cavani was going to face an FA panel for his alleged racial comment, Manchester United stated on Thursday that the Instagram post the club’s new striker shared had no “malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologized for as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.”
“The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly”, a statement from Manchester United added.
Edinson Cavani joined Manchester United on October 5, 2020, on a free transfer. Since he joined the club on a one-year deal, the Uruguayan striker has scored three goals and provided an assist in all competitions.
The football veteran is currently recovering from a minor injury he sustained on December 5 during a Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham which ended 3-1 in favor of Manchester United. Since then, he has missed two games and he might not feature in United’s league match against Sheffield United later tonight, at 21:00.
Edison Cavani🔴Goals & Assists | Welcome to Manchester United🔴 pic.twitter.com/vpFS9N8Xfk— monke (@axehandmorgen) October 3, 2020