Man Utd’s Edinson Cavani banned for three games for Instagram post

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been banned for three games and fined £100,000 for an Instagram post final month.

Cavani should full additionally face-to-face training after admitting a cost for a breach of FA Rule E3. He will miss United’s games in opposition to Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford.

The 33-year-old shared an Instagram story from a fan which featured a racially offensive time period after United’s 3-2 win at Southampton on November 29, during which Cavani scored twice, together with a stoppage-time winner. The post was later deleted and Cavani apologised.

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An FA assertion mentioned: “A comment posted on the Manchester United FC striker’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1. The post also constitutes an “aggravated breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.

“An impartial Regulatory Commission was appointed to determine the sanction and its written causes can be revealed in the end.”

Manchester United pressured their was ‘no racist intent’ within the post and mentioned in a membership assertion: “As he has acknowledged, Edinson Cavani wasn’t conscious that his phrases may have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anybody who was offended.

“Despite his trustworthy perception that he was merely sending an affectionate thanks in response to a congratulatory message from an in depth good friend, he selected to not contest the cost out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the combat in opposition to racism in soccer.

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“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the independent Regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum three-game suspension. The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post.”

Cavani: My coronary heart is at peace

After accepting the ban, Cavani mentioned that whereas he didn’t agree with the governing physique’s evaluation of his remark, his coronary heart was at peace.

On New Year’s Eve, he posted on social media: “I do not want to extend much in this uncomfortable moment. I want to share with you that I accept the disciplinary sanction knowing that I am foreign to English language customs, but I do not share the point of view.

“I apologise if I offended somebody with an expression of affection in the direction of a good friend, nothing additional in my intention. Those who know me know that my effort all the time seeks the only pleasure and friendship!

“I appreciate the countless expressions of support and affection. My heart is at peace because I know that I always expressed myself with affection according to my culture and way of life. I send you a sincere hug.”

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