Manchester United will reportedly provide ‘cultural context’ in a bid to help Edinson Cavani avoid a lengthy FA ban over accusations of using a racist term
Cavani, 33, wrote “gracias n******” as he responded to a friend on Instagram following the 3-2 win at Southampton two Sundays ago.
The Football Association are continuing to investigate the message and the Uruguay veteran faces the prospect of a three-match ban for using racist or discriminatory language.
Cavani deleted the social media post and issued an apology the day after, saying his message was meant as an “affectionate greeting” and that he is “completely opposed to racism”.
Written evidence will explain Cavani was using a nickname which is specific to his acquaintance and used by a circle of friends.
There is understood to be be confusion about the case against Cavani in his homeland of Uruguay, but United and the player acknowledge the term has different connotations in the United Kingdom compared to parts of South America.
In his full apology, Cavani said: “It 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.”
And in a statement, United wrote: “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.”
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