Edinson Cavani facing FA probe after sparking racism storm. He referred to a friend as ‘negrito’ in a message.
Edinson Cavani is facing an FA probe after sparking a race storm following Manchester United’s dramatic victory at Southampton.
Cavani scored two goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to inspire United side to victory after coming off the bench at half-time.
But his heroics at St Mary’s were overshadowed when he posted a Spanish term with racial connotations on social media.
In response to a message of congratulations, seemingly from a friend, Cavani said: ‘Gracias negrito.’ The term, which makes reference to race, translates directly as ‘Thanks black’.
Three hours after posting the tweet, it was deleted. Cavani insists ‘negrito’ is a term of affection in South America and that will be his defence is any disciplinary action is taken.
The FA are aware of Cavani’s post and looking into it. And the incident quickly led to comparisons being drawn between Cavani and his fellow Uruguayan Suarez.
Cavani’s countryman, then Liverpool striker Suarez, was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for using the word ‘negro’ after clashing with United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.
Suarez attempted to argue in his FA hearing that the word in Uruguay and other parts of Latin America is inoffensive in certain situations.
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