Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to ‘support’ Edinson Cavani and insists there was ‘no malicious intent’ behind the forward’s controversial social media post.
Cavani is currently being investigated by the Football Association following an Instagram post following Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Southampton last weekend, replying to a congratulatory message with an offensive racial term.
United have stressed that the words have different connotations in South America and were used in an affectionate manner by the Uruguayan, though the FA’s rules regarding racist and discriminatory language offences include a minimum of a three-match ban.
Cavani swiftly removed the post and has apologised, insisting no harm was intended and that the term was used in an affectionate manner towards a friend.
Solskjaer has defended the 33-year-old and insists there was no malice behind the term, offering his support to both the striker and the FA – who have since asked Cavani to explain the post ahead of a potential ban.
“There was no malicious intent at all. It was just an affectionate greeting to a friend of his,” Solskjaer told the press ahead of tomorrow’s UCL clash with PSG.
“But we explained to him, he’s been asked by the FA to explain, so of course he’ll cooperate with them and we’ll support him.
“I think it is one of those unfortunate situations that he’s just come into the country and in Uruguay it’s been used in a different affection than what we have.
“We’ll support him but of course we support the FA.
“It’s important that the FA have asked him to explain and it’s out there for everyone to see because we want to be in the fight against discrimination with everyone.”