The Uruguayan players’ union have released a statement condemning The FA for administering a three-match ban to Edinson Cavani.
The Man Utd forward was issued with the suspension after using the term ‘Negrito’ in a message to a friend on social media.
Cavani was adjudged to have breached FA Rule E3 for using language that was “insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute”.
He was ordered to undergo education training, as well as being hit with a £100,000 fine on top of his ban.
Now the Uruguayan players’ union have weighed in on the issue, slamming The FA for their actions which they claim have discriminated against their country’s culture.
As reports The Athletic, a statement from the players’ union read: “Firstly, we must condemn the arbitrary conduct of the English Football Association.
“Far from condemning racism, the English Football Association has itself committed a discriminatory act against the culture and way of life of the Uruguayan people.
“The sanction shows the English Football Association’s biased, dogmatic and ethnocentric vision that only allows a subjective interpretation to be made from its particular and excluding conclusion, however flawed it may be.
“Edinson Cavani has never committed any conduct that could be interpreted as racist. He merely used a common expression in Latin America to affectionately address a loved one or close friend.
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“To sustain that the only way to obtain a valid interpretation in life is that which lies in the minds of the managers of the English Football Association is actually a true discriminatory act, which is completely reprehensible and against Uruguayan culture.
“We would therefore like to publicly defend Edinson Cavani’s impeccable character and of course our country’s culture.”
The Spanish phrase is deemed to be discriminatory towards the black community in some contexts.
Upon learning of his ban, Cavani issued an apology and 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.”
He has since missed the Red Devils’ clash with Aston Villa on New Years’ Day, and remains suspended for United’s League Cup semi-final against Man City this week, as well as the FA Cup third round tie with Watford at the weekend.
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The players’ union has called on The FA to overturn the ban, and doubled down on their criticism of the governing body.
“We are all against any kind of discrimination,” the statement continued. “However, unfortunately, through its sanction, the English Football Association expresses absolute ignorance and disdain for a multicultural vision of the world, respectful of its plurality, by erroneously, unilaterally and rigidly imposing its anti-racist rules, the basis of which we support but are obviously not realistically applicable to the case in question here.
“It has not just punished one person, but also our whole culture, our way of life, which is truly a discriminatory and racist act.”