Man Utd and Edinson Cavani release statements after star sparked racism storm on Instagram

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for a now-deleted Instagram post which sparked a racism storm on Sunday. Cavani is facing an investigation by the Football Association over the post in question. Following Sunday’s win over Southampton, the former Paris Saint-Germain star used the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’, when replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram.

Cavani deleted the message when he was made aware of how it could be interpreted.

The 33-year-old insists the last thing he wanted to do was cause any offence with the post.

In a statement published on the official United website, Cavani said: “The message I posted after the match on Sunday 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.

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“I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this.”

United issued a statement of their own on the incident and claimed there was no “malicious intent” from Cavani.

The statement from Manchester United reads: “It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued.

“Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused.

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“Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”

The FA issued guidelines ahead of this season regarding the use of racist and discriminatory language and behaviour.

Offences on social media carry a minimum three-game ban.

Cavani had just led United to a fine comeback win over Southampton.

United trailed 2-0 on the south coast when Cavani was brought on at half time.

The forward assisted Bruno Fernandes for United’s first goal before two late headers of his own sealed a tremendous 3-2 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The victory made it four wins in a row for the Red Devils in all competitions and eight straight away Premier League wins.

Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in the summer following his release from PSG at the end of last season.

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