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Edinson Cavani cited by FA over social media post

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30th November, 2020

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani could face a suspension from the Football Association over a since-deleted social media post.

The English FA is looking into the post which contained a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.

The 33-year-old Uruguay international inspired United to a 3-2 comeback win at Southampton on Sunday, with two goals and an assist after coming off the bench at halftime.

Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani wrote in Spanish: “Gracias negrito”. 

The post appeared shortly after the match and has now been deleted.

Cavani could face a minimum three-game ban if the FA deems he used discriminatory or racist language under its Rule E3.


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Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, Cavani’s Uruguay team mate, got an eight-match ban for using the same word in his on-field clash with United’s French defender Patrice Evra in 2011.

Cavani has scored three league goals for the club since joining as a free agent in the summer transfer window.