Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani apologises for social media post

Uruguayan insists he is 'completely opposed to racism' after replying to message of congratulations using Spanish term that could be construed as offensive

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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for the social media post which followed his match-winning performance at Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguay international inspired United's 3-2 comeback victory over Southampton with two goals and an assist after coming off the bench at half-time.

Replying to a message of congratulations on Instagram, Cavani used the Spanish term 'negrito', which translates as 'black'.

The 33-year-old insists he is "completely opposed to racism", having deleted the post after he had been made aware of the connotations. The English Football Association is looking into the 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," he said in a statement.

"The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence 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 apologise for this."

United also issued a statement backing Cavani. "It is clear to us 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 misconstrued," it read.

"Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism."

The former Paris Saint-Germain forward moved to Old Trafford in the summer on a free transfer and scored his first Premier League goal in the recent win at Everton.

He was introduced at half-time at Southampton with United trailing 2-0, providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes to pull one back before equalising himself and heading home an injury-time winner.


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