Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Edinson Cavani after the Manchester United striker issued an apology in the wake of a controversial Instagram post, shared on his social media after the 3-2 win at Southampton. The Football Association are set to investigate the matter and could issue Cavani a three-match ban for his action.
Cavani and United are set to protest his innocence, after he stated that the use of the word “negrito” was an affectionate greeting to a friend.
The 33-year-old finally made his mark on Sunday, scoring twice at Southampton to flip the game on its head and to hand United all three points on the South Coast.
He was then forced to issue a statement, regarding the deleted post which was shared on his Instagram story.
“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,” Cavani said.
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“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.”
Now Cavani has received the public backing of Solskjaer, who also declared his support for the FA.
Solskjaer said ahead of the Champions League clash wit Paris Saint-Germain: “We have communicated with Edinson [Cavani] and he is really sorry for the mistake he’s made. No malicious intent at all, just an affectionate greeting to a friend.
“He’s [Cavani] been asked by the FA to explain and we will support him. It’s one of those unfortunate situations where he’s just come into the country and in Uruguay, it’s been used in a different way.
“We support him [Cavani], but we also support the FA. We want to be in the fight against discrimination. I’m sure Edinson has learned the hard way.”
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