Edinson Cavani issues statement after Instagram post sparks racial storm

Edinson Cavani has issued an apology after an Instagram post from his account was labelled ‘racist’ on social media.

The Manchester United striker says the message was meant as “an affectionate greeting” and that he deleted the post as soon as it was explained to him that it can be interpreted differently.

Cavani 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.”

Edinson Cavani has issued an apology

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Manchester United have also now commented on the incident, saying: “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.

“Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”

The FA confirmed to Mirror Sport it is looking into the incident and will ask the Man United striker to explain the comment.

Cavani could be hit with a three-match ban.

Watford striker Troy Deeney spoke out about the Instagram post, which read “Gracias n******”, on the radio on Monday, where he called on the FA to start educating players.

Deeney told talkSPORT: “When you write a message out, it’s considered.

“Nine times out of ten, you’ll proof-read it before putting it out there because you don’t want to make yourself look an idiot.

“At no point in the psychological did you go ‘That’s not right?’ – that’s what worries me a little bit.

Cavani arriving at training on Monday morning

“I understand that we get three-game bans now but I just want to know whether the FA are educating players when they come to this country.

“I don’t think he’s meant it to insult anyone, but educate what’s acceptable and what isn’t.”

Deeney added: “He’s written it out, thought about it, and we’ve got people around who would go ‘I don’t think you should really do that’.

“He’s probably acted in a moment of happiness, obviously scoring, that’s why I don’t take as he’s meant offence by it. He just hasn’t understood the ramifications of his words.

“So, I do think at times three games isn’t enough.

“It’s got to be three games with a form of education, in my opinion, and understanding that these words hurt people and these are the effects of why it hurts people.”

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