Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been banned for three games and fined £100,000 for an Instagram post last month.
Cavani pleaded guilty to the charge from the FA of using insulting and/or improper words. The striker sent the message after scoring twice in United’s 3-2 win away to Southampton last month.
Cavani must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3. He will miss United’s games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Watford.
An FA statement, with reference to new guidelines agreed in the summer, said the post was alleged to be “insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute”.
It was also alleged “that the comment constitutes an aggravated breach” which “included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin”.
Cavani ‘No racist intent’
The Uruguayan has already apologised for the post, blaming a misinterpretation for the offence saying it was intended to be an “affectionate greeting to a friend”.
Manchester United stressed there was ‘no racist intent’ in the post and said in a club statement: “As he has stated, Edinson Cavani wasn’t aware that his words could have been misconstrued and he sincerely apologised for the post and to anyone who was offended.
“Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge out of respect for, and solidarity with, The FA and the fight against racism in football.
“While it is clear that context and intent are key factors, we note that the independent Regulatory Commission was required to impose a minimum three-game suspension.
“The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post.”