Man Utd's Cavani charged with misconduct by FA over racial term

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani's post on Instagram has landed him in trouble with the FA, which has charged the Uruguayan with misconduct.

The FA has asked Cavani to explain the use of the term he posted, and Solskjaer said the club will support the striker over what the United manager described as one of those unfortunate situations.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been charged with an aggravated breach of the Football Association's (FA) rules for using a racial term in an Instagram post last month.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan had apologised for the post, which he sent after Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 on November 29, saying it was an affectionate greeting to a friend.

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

“It is alleged that... a comment posted on the Manchester United FC player's Instagram page was insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

“It is further alleged that the comment constitutes an 'Aggravated Breach'... as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.”

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United issued a statement defending the striker, saying there was no malicious intent behind Cavani's message.

“Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA... in that regard,” the club said.

“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.”

Cavani, who is back in training after a muscle injury but is still doubtful for United's Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, has until Jan. 4 to respond to the charge.

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