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Uruguayan players union calls on FA to overturn Edinson Cavani ban

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The Uruguayan Footballers Union (AFU) called on the FA to overturn the three-game ban on Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani following his use of a Spanish word in a social media post in November which could be interpreted as racist in other languages. .

Cavani used the word to thank a friend for a message of support after scoring twice on the bench in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton. But the use of that particular term was contrary to the FA’s new, tougher penalties for charges of alleged racism.

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The term used could be interpreted as racist in other languages ​​| MIKE HEWITT / Getty Images

Cavani deleted the post when told he could be interpreted as racist in certain contexts and was supported by his club when the misconduct charge was brought against him, with United ‘… clear that he There was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologized, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misinterpreted.

Cavani was given a New Years Eve suspension for the next three games, of which he has already served one. But the AFU in Uruguay wants the rest of the ban overturned and accused the FA of “ignorance” and “disdain” by failing to understand the meaning and context of what was said.

A statement describes the FA’s conduct as “arbitrary” and claims that Cavani’s ban is in itself “an act of discrimination against the culture and way of life of the Uruguayan people”.

The AFU goes on to suggest that the FA is guilty of being “one-sided, dogmatic and ethnocentric” in a view that “allows only a subjective interpretation to be made from its particular and excluding conclusion, as flawed as it is. it can be ”.

He describes Cavani as having an “impeccable character” and “never having engaged in behavior which could be interpreted as racist. He simply used a phrase common in Latin America to affectionately address a loved one or close friend.

Reflecting on the ban following the recent victory over Aston Villa, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “One thing is for sure, he’s not racist, there hasn’t been of malice. His comments were taken out of context, but then he accepted them and we just want to move on.

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