Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani has been charged by the Football Association for a social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts and could face a possible three-match ban.

“Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct… in relation to a social media post on Thursday Nov. 29, 2020,” the FA said in a statement.

Cavani’s reply to a fan on Instagram sparked a social media backlash – with some labelling his language as racist.

A fan posted ‘Asi te queiro Matador’ in Spanish, which translates to: “I love you, Matador!”

Cavani replied on his Instagram story: “Gracias N******!” which translates to: ‘little black’.

The striker later deleted the image from his Instagram story and quickly apologised for his actions, saying: “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.”

The Red Devils plead innocence on behalf of their South American striker and responded via posting on their official Website:-

“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.”

“We note the FA decision today to charge Edinson Cavani for his social media reply to a friend’s message of congratulations, following the Southampton game.”

“Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologised for, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.”

“The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.”

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