The Football Association announced in its statement that Cavani is accused of violating regulations that prohibit all “inappropriate behavior” on social media, with the aggravating circumstances that he referred to by “the color, race or ethnicity of another person.”
The statement added that Cavani has until the fourth of next January to present his defense against Al-Ittihad.
BREAKING: #MUFC striker Edinson Cavani has been charged by the Football Association over a social media post last month.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 17, 2020
Cavani, 33, responded to a congratulation from one of his friends on “Instagram” by saying: “Gracias Negrito” (Thank you, little black) after beating Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League last month, in a match in which he scored. Former French Paris Saint-Germain striker double.
Cavani quickly deleted the message, while United scrambled to defend its new striker, believing that the word had different connotations in South America.
Edinson Cavani has been charged by the FA with misconduct over an Instagram post including a reference to race.
He has until January 4 to respond, although he has already apologized through an official statement. pic.twitter.com/HJTCGK1Rnb
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 17, 2020
Cavani was informed that these terms are considered offensive in Britain, which prompted him to delete what he wrote before he later apologized, saying, “The message I wrote after Sunday’s match was a warm greeting to a friend, to thank him for the congratulations after the match.”
He added in a statement that he had never intended to insult anyone, adding, “I am against any racist language and behavior, and I deleted the message as soon as I informed it could be understood wrongly. I would like to sincerely apologize for that.”
Despite his apology, several reports stated that Cavani was threatening to be suspended for at least three matches.
Source: AFP+ RT