Former PSG Striker Apologizes for Using Racially Offensive Term in Social Media Post; FA to Investigate

Former Paris Saint-Germain and current Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani made a post on his social networks after scoring two goals, including the game-winner for The Red Devils in their 3-2 win against Southampton FC. 

On Instagram, the Uruguay international thanked a friend using a racially offensive term, which is being investigated by the Football Association (FA), according to Sky Sports. Eventually, the post came down, and both the club and player issued statements, stressing the word was used affectionately and has different connotations in South America.

A day later, PSG’s all-time leading goal scorer issued an apology on Twitter and an explanation over the deleted post. 

“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,” Cavani said. “The last thing I wanted to do was cause offense 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 apologize for this.”

With Les Parisiens heading to Old Trafford this week in a matchday five fixture in the UEFA Champions League group stage, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the British media to ask a capital club player his thoughts on the matter. Considering most of the squad knows the type of person the Cavani is on and off the pitch. 

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