FA banning Manchester United's Edinson Cavani 'is discrimination'

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 5, 2021

The Uruguayan football players association has defended Edinson Cavani after he was sanctioned by the English FA for an Instagram comment.

Although it is widely used as a term of endearment in South America and the Caribbean, the word is regarded in England, as well as within parts of the Afro Uruguayan community, as carrying racial connotations, prompting the FA to investigate Cavani's post.

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".

The post was quickly deleted and Cavani released an apology shortly afterwards.

The AFU statement said: "Firstly, we must condemn the arbitrary conduct of the English Football Association".

We are against any kind of discrimination; however unfortunately, through its sanction, the English Football Association expresses absolute ignorance and disdain for a multicultural vision of the world, respectful of its plurality, by erroneously, unilaterally and rigidly imposing its anti-racism rules, the basis of which we support but are obviously not realistically applicable to the case in question here.

"Edinson Cavani has never committed any conduct that could be interpreted as racist".

However, the players have now argued that the Spanish term used is just a common expression used in Latin America which is meant to be close friend/family and the 33-year old should not be getting punished for that.

"To sustain that the only way to obtain a valid interpretation in life is that which lies in the minds of the managers of the English Football Association is actually a true discriminatory act, which is completely reprehensible and against Uruguayan culture".

But his worldwide teammates have leapt to his defence, claiming that the FA has shown "ignorance and disdain for a multicultural vision of the world" by punishing Cavani for using a term which is considered affectionate in Uruguay.

"We request the FA to immediately overturn the sanction imposed on Edinson Cavani and reinstate his good name and honour in the world that has been so unfairly tarnished by this reprehensible decision".

Fans have slammed Luis Suarez for sharing the Uruguayan PFA's statement attacking the English FA over their treatment of Edinson Cavani.

Suarez, of course, was found guilty of racially abusing defender Patrice Evra, resulting in an eight-match ban.

"The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone".

A Kick It Out statement read: "We do understand that the term Cavani used is commonly inoffensive in South America and that in the United Kingdom it is a term that was rarely, if ever, used or seen before the incident involving Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra back in October 2011".

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