Manchester United player could face ban as social media post is investigated by FA

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani could be facing a possible 3 game ban after a post he put on social media site Instagram is being investigated by the Football Association.

Manchester United player could face ban: The post in question is being looked into for racist or defamatory language that Cavani may have used when he posted it just after United’s 3-2 win against Southampton yesterday evening. Cavani came on as a half time substitute and scored 2 goals during the second half. In the post, which was deleted a short time after first being posted, the words “gracias negrito” were used by Cavani, it is allegeded, to thank a follower who was congratulating him on his performance during the game.

FA rules make it clear that the owners of social media accounts are entirely liable for content posted from their account, either by themselves or a third party. Rules also state that “any reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race or nationality” will be deemed as an aggravating factor in any punishment given. Additionally, deleting an inappropriate post does not necessarily prevent a sanction from being imposed.

If the case is pursued the FA will write to Cavani in the coming days asking for his observations on the post to be noted, however any charge must be issued within a week so he will have until next Monday to reply.

The racist word in question, “negrito”, was also used by Cavani’s Uruguay team mate Luis Suarez to Patrice Evra during a game between Liverpool and Manchester United back in 2011.

Suarez deemed it an affectionate term at the time and by no means derogatory or racist, however the FA disciplinary panel rejected the explanation and he was banned for 8 matches. At the start of this season, the FA issued fresh guidelines on racist language and behaviour on social media, with offences carrying a minimum ban of three matches. Manchester United were not available for comment on Sunday night.


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