Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has received social media support from former UK newspaper editor Piers Morgan for banning an alleged “racist” statement posted on social media.
Cavani was banned from the FA for three games and fined £ 100,000 in response to a social media post by the Uruguayan striker referring to a friend as “Negrito,” which was viewed as a racist term.
In a statement posted on his social media, Cavani said he accepted the FA’s sanctions, although he also stated that he did not agree with them.
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“Hello everyone,” he wrote.
“I do not want to expand much in this uncomfortable moment for me. I want to share with you that I accept the disciplinary sanction that knocks that I am a stranger to English-speaking customs, but I do not share the point of view.
“I apologize when I offend someone with an expression of affection for a friend, nothing more for my purposes.
“Those who know me know that my endeavors always seek the simplest joy and friendship! I appreciate the myriad of expressions of support and affection.
“My heart is at peace because I know that I have always expressed myself with affection according to my culture and way of life. I send you a sincere hug.”
The FA’s punishment has received widespread criticism online, including television personality Morgan, who criticized the governing body of English football for “overreacting”.
Ridiculous that @ECavaniOfficial has been banned from using a term to refer to a friend considered harmless in their own country. No racist intent, no crime on the part of the recipient. Stupid overreaction from the FA. A quiet word about language sensitivities would have been enough. pic.twitter.com/wnxOMYHEhh
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 1, 2021
“It’s ridiculous that @ECavaniOfficial has been banned from using a term to refer to a friend that is considered harmless in their own country,” Morgan tweeted.
“No racist intent, no insult by the recipient. Stupid overreaction by the FA. A quiet word about language sensitivity would have been enough.”
Morgan’s response was met with approval by former England striker Gary Lineker, who praised Cavani and Manchester United for their measured response to the FA’s draconian sanctions.
“Agreed, but both @ECavaniOfficial and @ManUtd treated the excessive punishment with dignity,” he wrote.