After the investigation, The Football Association (FA) officially accused Manchester United striker Cavani.
Not long ago, after winning against Southampton in the 10th round of the Premier League, Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani posted a photo on his personal Instagram page with the message “Gracias Negrito”. This is a Spanish term for black people.
This message is believed to be a racist term, like what Luis Suarez told Patrice Evra in 2011. Immediately, the FA stepped in to investigate the incident. .
He deleted his post, asserting that “negrito” is just an informal address in South America, and that he had no intentions of racism.
After the period of investigation, the FA has officially issued a ruling for Cavani’s case. Accordingly, the Uruguayan striker was officially accused of racism. The FA statement states that Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct in violation of FA Rule E3 (on the use of insults / implications related to skin color and race). This comes from a social media post on Thursday, November 29, 2020. Cavani and MU have a deadline until Monday, January 4, 2021 to make an appeal.
Some sources also said that, because Cavani’s actions did not directly target certain subjects, therefore, the heaviest penalty that the striker had to receive is a suspension of 3 games and a fine of the required amount. .
Players in the Premier League are also subject to strict rules when using social media. At the end of 2019, Bernardo Silva was suspended for a match, a £ 50,000 fine just for teasing with Benjamin Mendy. The Portuguese midfielder compared his French teammate to a character from a chocolate confectionery company.
Coach Pep Guardiola and Mendy explained, but the FA still issued a penalty because they thought that Silva’s actions could be related to racism.