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Edinson Cavani’s ‘offensive’ social media post to be investigated by FA

Edinson Cavani's Uruguay teammate, Luis Suarez, got an eight-match ban for using the same word -- "negrito" -- in his on-field clash with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011.

By: Reuters | November 30, 2020 6:25:30 pm
Edinson Cavani joined Manchester United as a free agent in the summer transfer window. (Reuters)

The FA is looking into a deleted social media post by Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani 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.

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.

United could not immediately be reached for comment.

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

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