Edinson Cavani issues statement after Instagram post sparks racial storm

Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now

Come on in and join the club! Get our daily Manchester United email newsletter

Sign me up!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email

Edinson Cavani has issued an apology after an Instagram post from his account was labelled 'racist' on social media.

The Manchester United striker says the message was meant as "an affectionate greeting" and that he deleted the post as soon as it was explained to him that it can be interpreted differently.

Cavani said: "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.

"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."

Edinson Cavani has issued an apology
(Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

Read More
Related Articles


  • Mirror Football email – sign-up for all the latest news and transfer headlines

Get the latest news straight into your inbox!

It has been a hectic season so far – so make sure you don't miss a single thing by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!

All the latest transfer news and big stories will land straight into your inbox. You won't miss out.

To sign up, put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.

Manchester United have also now commented on the incident, saying: "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.

"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 FA confirmed to Mirror Sport it is looking into the incident and will ask the Man United striker to explain the comment.

(Image: cavaniofficial21/Instagram)

Read More
Related Articles


  • Edinson Cavani facing FA probe after he's accused of using 'racist' term on social media

Cavani could be hit with a three-match ban.

Watford striker Troy Deeney spoke out about the Instagram post, which read "Gracias n******", on the radio on Monday, where he called on the FA to start educating players.

Deeney told talkSPORT: "When you write a message out, it's considered.

"Nine times out of ten, you'll proof-read it before putting it out there because you don't want to make yourself look an idiot.

"At no point in the psychological did you go 'That's not right?' – that's what worries me a little bit.

Cavani arriving at training on Monday morning
(Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

Read More
Related Articles


  • Troy Deeney provides opinion on Edinson Cavani's Instagram post labelled 'racist'

"I understand that we get three-game bans now but I just want to know whether the FA are educating players when they come to this country.

"I don't think he's meant it to insult anyone, but educate what's acceptable and what isn't."

Deeney added: "He's written it out, thought about it, and we've got people around who would go 'I don't think you should really do that'.

(Image: PA)

"He's probably acted in a moment of happiness, obviously scoring, that's why I don't take as he's meant offence by it. He just hasn't understood the ramifications of his words.

"So, I do think at times three games isn't enough.

"It's got to be three games with a form of education, in my opinion, and understanding that these words hurt people and these are the effects of why it hurts people."

* Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip

You may also like...