Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been handed a three-match ban and fined R 2-million after he chose not to contest a charge relating to a post made on his Instagram account.
Cavani reposted a message to a friend after scoring twice in the 3-2 win at Southampton in November.
The 33-year-old wrote in Spanish: “gracias, negrito” — a term that can be interpreted as racist in the United Kingdom.
Although it is widely used as a term of endearment in South America and the Caribbean, the word is regarded in England, as well as within parts of the Afro Uruguayan community, as carrying racial connotations, prompting the FA to investigate Cavani’s post.
The Uruguay international, who has been enrolled in an education programme, will miss games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford.
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By Ofhani Munyai