Edinson Cavani has apologized for using an offensive term on social media following Manchester United’s spectacular 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday.
The Uruguayan striker came off the bench to score two goals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, but found himself in hot water after the game.
In response to a congratulatory message, which has now been deleted, Cavani wrote in Spanish: “Gracias negrito”.
In a statement, Cavani apologized for any violation caused: “The message I posted after Sunday’s game was a loving greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game.
“The last thing I wanted to do was offend anyone. I am totally against racism and deleted the post as soon as it was explained that it could be interpreted differently. I want to sincerely apologize for this. “
A statement from Manchester United added: “It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s post and he deleted it as soon as he was told he could be wrong. interpreter.
“Edinson has apologized for any unintentional infringement caused. Manchester United and all our players are fully committed to the fight against racism. “
Speaking at talkSPORT’s breakfast on Monday, Anton Ferdinand urged Manchester United to act with Cavani following his remarks.
“It’s a great example of where Cavani is a product of his environment,” Ferdinand said. “For him, it’s not offensive, but in our country and where we are, it is.
“Education has to be imposed and it has to come from the club he’s in and the locker room he’s in.”
Ferdinand himself was at the center of a storm of racism in the Premier League almost ten years ago when the FA convicted John Terry of using abusive racist language towards him during QPR’s clash with Chelsea.
The former Blues skipper was fined £ 220,000 and banned for four matches by the FA and then lost the England captain.