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Edinson Cavani apologises for controversial social media message

:Headline: Edinson Cavani apologises for controversial social media message:
The Uruguay striker says he is 'completely opposed to racism' and Man Utd state there was 'no malicious intent' behind the message.
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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for the social media message he posted following his match-winning performance at Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguay international inspired United’s comeback 3-2 victory over Southampton with two goals and an assist after coming off the bench at half-time.

Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani used the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’.

The Football Association – which is aware of the matter and will investigate – issued guidelines ahead of this season clamping down on racist and discriminatory language and behaviour, with offences on social media carrying a minimum three-game ban.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out released a statement regarding Cavani’s post and again called for overseas players to be educated on language which may cause offence in the UK.

“We are aware of a comment made last night on social media by Edinson Cavani that, in its native tongue, can be offensive in some contexts,” it read.

Cavani’s injury-time header secured the three points for Man Utd (Mike Hewitt/PA)

“We understand that the FA is investigating and the club and player are co-operating with that investigation. We await the outcome of that investigation.

“As we have said before, we believe that it would be helpful for overseas players, coming to England, to have routine education on language that may be unacceptable in this country.”

Giving his thoughts on the matter at a press conference held by BT Sport, former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott said: “Everyone talks about the educational policy and protocol when it comes to racism, and this is an opportunity.

“I don’t think we should allow players to come into the league and use terminology used and deemed OK in their cultures – it’s not acceptable here regardless.

Joleon Lescott has stressed the importance of education (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I’m not singling out Cavani – I think we’ve seen it before. (City’s) Bernardo Silva had an incident as well (last season).

“It’s an opportunity for the FA, the Premier League, whoever it may be to educate people on arrival of terms and things we can and can’t say here.

“We don’t let players hide behind the fact they drive on a different side of the road when they arrive here, they have to adhere to our laws, and I think the kind of ruling in place is not acceptable at the moment. I think as governing bodies they need to look at it.”

Lescott added: “I don’t think he (Cavani) meant any kind of real offence, but there are going to be people who find that offensive so there obviously has to be some kind of explanation towards him.”

Former United defender Wes Brown said: “I can’t really tell you how people speak to you in South America. I know this has happened a few times now.

Cavani joined United last month after seven seasons with Paris St Germain, who United face in the Champions League on Tuesday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“Sometimes when you are speaking to friends things can get taken out of proportion. We just have to wait to see what happens there.”

The former Paris St Germain forward moved to Old Trafford in the summer on a free transfer and scored his first Premier League goal in the recent win at Everton.

He was introduced at half-time at Southampton with United trailing 2-0, providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes to pull one back before equalising himself and heading home a stoppage-time winner.

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1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
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7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Chelsea1985633231029
9Southampton188552621529
10Arsenal198382319427
11Aston Villa1682629181126
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
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17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
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