Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani has been banned for three matches by the Football Association and fined £100,000 over an ‘aggravated breach’ of their rules.
The 33-year-old shared an Instagram story from a fan which featured a racially offensive term after United’s 3-2 win at Southampton on November 29, in which Cavani scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner.
The post was later deleted and Cavani apologised.
Cavani had until January 4 to respond to the charge by FA but decided not to contest the charge which carries a minimum three-match ban.
He will now miss the Premier League game against Aston Villa, EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City and FA Cup clash with Watford – leaving him free to return to action at Liverpool on January 17.
The statement issued by the FA read:
‘Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020.
‘A comment posted on the Manchester United FC striker’s Instagram page was insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.
‘The post also constitutes an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission was appointed to decide the sanction and its written reasons will be published in due course.’