Cavani Receives Ban and £100,000 Fine for Instagram Post
Manchester United new signing Edinson Cavani has been given a three-match ban and a £100,000 fine for a social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.
The 33-years-old Uruguayan attacker pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge of using insulting and/or improper words. Cavani sent the message after scoring the winner in United 3-2 win over Southampton on the 29th of November.
He deleted the posted and apologised when the English meaning read to him but it was already too late. Along with the ban and fine, Cavani must also complete a “face-to-face” education programme.
Cavani’s ban will begin immediately, ruling him out of United’s Premier League game with Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. He will also miss the EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City on the 6th of January and FA Cup third-round tie with Watford on the 9th of January.
The forward 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.”