Posted: 14:13 GMT, Dec. November 2020 | Updated: 16:22 GMT, Jan. November 2020

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani apologized on Sunday for his racially insensitive social media post, insisting that “the last thing I wanted to do was a crime”

The Red Devils have to be excited to see if the Uruguayan will be in hot water at the football association for the social media post that sparked a racing storm

The FA is examining a now deleted message in which Cavani replied to congratulations after his two-goal performance in Southampton with the phrase “gracias negrito”, a Spanish term with supposed racist connotations

In a statement on Monday, Cavani apologized and said: ‘The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as a loving greeting to a friend, thanking him for his post-game congratulations

‘I am totally against racism and I deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it could be interpreted in different ways. I sincerely apologize for that’

In a club statement, United added: “We understand 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 misinterpreted”

‘Edinson has apologized for every unintentional crime at Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism’

Cavani could be banned from at least three games if the FA decides his Instagram post breaks its rules after updating its policy on sanctions for discriminatory behavior ahead of this season

However, the case will not be treated like an incident on the pitch where the prosecution can be hastened so that a hearing can take place before a potential offender next plays

Instead, the initial investigation will involve a lengthy process while the FA gathers evidence before deciding whether to argue Cavani

Cavani: ‘The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as a loving greeting to a friend and thanked him for his post-game congratulations

‘The last thing I wanted to do was insult anyone I am totally against racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it could be interpreted differently

Manchester United: ‘We understand 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 misinterpreted

‘Edinson has apologized for every unintentional crime at Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism’

Cavani may be asked to provide his observations when the FA begins its lengthy investigation

The FA may not be able to determine whether Cavani has a case to answer until midweek at the earliest

The post stayed in Cavani’s account for some time before being deleted after being informed of the crime committed by Manchester United officials

Cavani’s compatriot, then Liverpool striker Suarez, has been suspended for eight games and fined 40£ 000 for using the word “negro” after clashing with United defender Patrice Evra in 2011

Suarez tried to argue in his FA hearing that the word is harmless in certain situations in Uruguay and other parts of Latin America

In his book, he later insisted that the word does not mean the same in English as it does in Spanish, and he was unaware of the difference and its “most offensive” meaning here at the time, although he ranked it with the French used his proposals were rejected by the independent commission of the FA

There are comparisons with Luis Suarez, who used the word “negro” in a conflict with Patrice Evra

In his book he also stated, “Negroes can refer to anyone with dark hair and skin, and I am used to the word being used in Spanish in this way all my life

‘My wife sometimes calls me’ Negro ‘or (the tiny version)’ Negrito ‘. My grandmother called my grandfather’ Negrito ‘and she used to call me that’

The FA released updated punishment guidelines ahead of the start of a new season to combat racism and discriminatory behavior

Everyone on social media has a minimum of three game bans for guilty parties versus six to twelve game bans for crimes that take place in games

Bans were increased after Manchester City’s Bernando Silva and Tottenham’s Dele Alli were banned from just one game last season after breaking FA rules with social media posts

The new FA guidelines mean that the fact that incidents can take place privately or “outside of a normal football environment” like Cavani’s is no longer a reason for offenders to escape punishment

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