Edinson Cavani Gets January 4 Deadline For Racist Instagram Post

Edinson Cavani has been charged by the Football Association for a social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.

The Manchester United star could be banned for three matches if he is found guilty.

An FA statement said the post was alleged to be “insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute”.

It is also alleged “that the comment constitutes an aggravated breach” which “included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin”.

The Uruguayan striker has until Monday, 4 January to provide a response to the misconduct charge which United say they will consider, but repeated their message that there was no malicious intent behind the forward's post.

“Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA – along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns – in that regard,” said United in response to the charge.

“The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.”

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Cavani, 33, apologized shortly after posting the message on Instagram following United's win on 29 November

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