Edinson Cavani is facing a potential ban from the Football Association after using a racial term on his social media account following Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Southampton.
Cavani was the match-winner in an entertaining clash between the two sides on Sunday, coming off the bench to score twice – including a late winner – as the Red Devils came from two goals down to secure victory.
However, the Uruguayan international is now set to be subject of an investigation following a social media post following the victory, replying to a congratulatory message on Instagram with the words ‘Gracias Negrito’, which translates in Spanish as ‘thanks black’.
United have stressed that the words have different connotations in South America and were used in an affectionate manner by the forward, though it is the same term that saw Liverpool forward Luis Suarez banned for eight games in 2011.
According to FA guidelines introduced in a bid to eradicate racist and discriminatory language and behaviour ahead of the current campaign, offences on social media carry a minimum of a three-game ban.
Cavani swiftly removed the post and it follows an incident involving Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva last season, the Portugal international receiving a one-game ban after comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal.
Tottenham star Dele Alli was also hit with a one-game ban following a racially insensitive social media post earlier this year, a Snapchat post which appeared to mock an Asian man in reference to the coronavirus outbreak.