Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for his deleted Instagram post which contained a Spanish phrase that has been deemed offensive.
The Uruguayan is set to be the subject of an investigation by the Football Association for the message, which was posted after he scored in United’s 3-2 comeback win at Southampton on Sunday.
In a statement, Cavani said: “The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone.
“I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this.
A statement from United read: “It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued.
“Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”