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The three-game ban handed to him by the Football Association (FA) for the use of a racial term by Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani agreed and said that while he did not agree with the evaluation of his comment by the governing body, his heart was at peace.
After the club’s victory over Southampton on Nov. 29, in an Instagram post, the 33-year-old Uruguayan used the word ‘negrito’ before taking it down and apologising. He said it was intended as an expression of a friend’s affection.
“But on Thursday, as part of his punishment, the FA said that the comment was “improper and disregarded,” fined Cavani 100,000 pounds and ordered him to complete “face-to-face education.”
With the Uruguayan posting an apology on social media late on Thursday, United said Cavani chose not to contest the charge out of respect for the FA and the “fight against racism in football.”
In this uncomfortable moment, I don’t want to stretch much,” Cavani wrote on Instagram.”I want to tell you that I accept the disciplinary penalty, knowing that I am a foreigner to the customs of the English language, but I don’t share that view.
I apologise if I have offended someone with a friend’s expression of affection, nothing further in my intent. Those who know me know that I always seek the simplest joy and friendship in my efforts!
The countless expressions of support and affection are appreciated by me. My heart is at peace because I understand that, according to my culture and way of life, I always express myself with affection. I’m sending you a sincere hug.
As a result of the suspension, Cavani will miss the United League match against Aston Villa later on Friday, the semi-finals of the League Cup against Manchester City, and the Watford FA Cup match.