The FA has banned Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for three matches and has handed a fine of £100,000 to the Uruguayan over a social media post considered offensive in some contexts.
And the Manchester United forward will also be required to undergo face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3.
A statement from United supported their player, and read: “Edinson wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anyone who was offended.
“Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.
“While it is clear context + intent key factors, note that the independent Regulatory Commission required to impose a min 3 game suspension.
“The Club trusts Commission will make it clear in written reasons that Edinson Cavani not a racist, nor any racist intent in relation to post.”
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As a result of the suspension, Cavani will miss United's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Friday, as well as the upcoming Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City and FA Cup third Round tie against Watford.
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