Edinson Cavani has issued a statement in response to criticism and a potential ban over a racist term he used on social media.
The striker inspired the Red Devils’s comeback 3-2 victory over Southampton with a brace after coming on as a half-time substitute.
Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani used the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’.
Reacting to the story, Deeney urged the FA to educate players coming from abroad as to why that language is completely unacceptable.
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And Cavani has responded with a statement, apologising for what was “intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend”.
He said: “The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone.
“I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this.”
United backed their player insisting any offence caused was clearly “unintentional”.
“It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued. Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused.
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“Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”