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Edinson Cavani, 3 games ban for “Gracias, negrito” controversy

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The Uruguayan goalscorer, Edinson Cavani, arrived at Manchester United as a free agent this transfer window, after the end of his contract with PSG. Cavani joined the Red Devils quite motivated to show his quality in the English Premier League, after having done it in Serie A and in Ligue 1 as well as with the national team of his country. But recent unexpected events are perhaps going to complicate that mission for the time being.

Since his arrival in Europe by signing with Palermo in the Serie A league, Edinson Cavani has surely had to overcome a huge number of obstacles.
First in Italy, he arrived to a very complicated league that can be quite difficult for attackers at the young age of 20 years old. Then having to win and maintain a place in the starting eleven of PSG, considering the important investment that the Parisian team makes every year, with attackers like Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappé, Ibrahimovic, etc.

In that sense, I can almost certainly assure you that Edinson Cavani expected to encounter some difficulties that could complicate his time with the Red Devils, such as fitting into a team that was not playing with a traditional number nine, competing with younger strikers, some prolonged injuries due to his age, or difficulty adapting to English football as has happened to other strikers like Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea, and even going through quarantine for Covid-19 because he wasn’t in a bubble as a free agent. However, he never thought he would be suspended for thanking a friend for a congratulatory message on Instagram after his good performance against Southampton where he scored two goals and assisted another. Edinson Cavani replied with “Gracias, negrito”. The FA considered this an act of racism and imposed a ban of 3 games without playing.

If so, it would fall into the category of the most ridiculous sanctions in the history of football, simply for not understanding that the use of the word “negrito“, does not means “n….” in an offensive sense, but “little black kid” and in Latin America, it is used even with affection, like in this particular case where the person receiving the answer is a personal friend of Edinson Cavani. Therefore, let’s wait for some rectification from the FA so that the issue of the fight against racism does not get out of control and innocent players like Cavani get unfair sanctions just because they want to make an example out of someone.

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