Solskjaer defends Cavani amid ban threat: ‘He never meant any harm’

Cavani’s comment was alleged to constitute an “aggravated breach” of the FA’s misconduct rules as the post “included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.”  

Cavani has been given until January 4 to respond to the charge and faces a minimum three-match suspension if found guilty.

United said both parties would “consider” the charge, adding: “Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns in that regard.”

Addressing the issue on Thursday night after a dramatic 3-2 Premier League win over bottom club Sheffield United that prolonged the Red Devils’ eventful winning streak away from home to 10 matches, Manchester United boss Solskjaer defended Cavani and insisted there was no malice involved in the post.

“I know Edinson never meant any harm, it’s his friend,” the Norwegian said at Bramall Lane.

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“He’s come into a new country and made a mistake, he didn’t mean any malice. He’s apologised. We will work with the FA and hope it will be OK.”

Cavani has proven an influential figure since joining United on a one-year deal on deadline day following his exit from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring three times in 10 matches and adding much-needed experience and guile to Solskjaer’s inconsistent attack.

However, he did not feature against Sheffield United and has not played at all since being substituted with a muscle injury at half-time of the 3-1 win at West Ham on December 5.

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