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FA to investigate social media post by Cavani

The English FA is looking into a deleted social media post by Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani which contained a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.

The 33-year-old Uruguay international inspired United to a 3-2 comeback win at Southampton on Sunday, with two goals and an assist after coming off the bench at halftime. Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani wrote in Spanish: “Gracias negrito.” The post appeared shortly after the match and has now been deleted. Cavani could face a minimum three-game ban if the FA deems he used discriminatory or racist language under its Rule E3. Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, Cavani’s Uruguay teammate, got an eight-match ban for using the same word in his on-field clash with United’s French defender Patrice Evra in 2011. United said the word was clearly used in an affectionate manner and has different connotations in South America. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur were both banned for one match last season after posts that breached the guidelines.


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