Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games and fined £ 100,000 for posting on Instagram last month.
Cavani is also required to undergo face-to-face training after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3. He will miss United’s games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford.
The 33-year-old shared an Instagram story from a fan who featured a racially offensive term after United’s 3-2 win at Southampton on November 29, in which Cavani scored twice, including a time-out winner. The message was then deleted and Cavani apologized.
An FA statement said: “A comment posted on the Manchester United FC forward’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, inappropriate and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA rule E3.1. message also constitutes an “aggravated offense”, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included a reference, express or implied, to color and / or race and / or ethnicity.
“An independent Regulatory Commission has been appointed to decide on the sanction and its written reasons will be released in due course.”
Manchester United stressed that there was ‘no racist intent’ in the post and said in a club statement: “As he said Edinson Cavani was not aware his words would could be misinterpreted and he sincerely apologized for the message and to anyone who was offended.
“Despite his sincere belief that he was simply sending a loving thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to challenge the charge out of respect and solidarity with the FA and the fight against racism in the soccer. .
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the Independent Regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum three-game suspension. The club hopes that the Independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in his written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not racist, and there was also no racist intent in relation to his post. “
Shortly after the post was deleted, Cavani issued an apology which read: “The post I posted after Sunday’s game was intended to affectionately greet a friend, thanking him for his post-game congratulations.
“The last thing I wanted to do was offend anyone. I am totally against racism and deleted the post as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. apologize for that. “
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