CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, accused the soccer federation of harming the image of Edinson Cavani because the Manchester United striker was blocked from social media for an offensive message. CONMEBOL said the decision of the soccer federation “did not take into account cultural specificities and the use of certain terms in everyday language in Uruguay.”
On New Year’s Eve, Cavani was handed a three-match suspension for using a derogatory word in a social media post. The 33-year-old had responded to a tweet congratulating him with a post in which he used the Spanish word “negrito.” for his win over Southampton in November. La CONMEBOL expresa su solidaridad con @ECavaniOfficial https://t.co/0UdnLP3jRZ pic.twitter.com/tFPoxht22E- CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) January 5, 2021 The word translates as “little black person.” On Monday, the Uruguayan players’ union called on the Football Association to repeal the ban on Cavani, calling the move “a truly discriminatory act” and “against Uruguayan culture,” and CONMEBOL has now joined, saying, “CONMEBOL expresses its solidarity with the player Edinson Cavani, who has been sanctioned by the English Football Association. ” “The assessment of such remarks in the context of a procedure that may lead to penalties for the athlete and affect his reputation and good name must always be made taking into account the context in which they were made and, above all, taking into account the cultural specificities of each player and each country. “The evaluation of such remarks in the context of a procedure that may result in penalties for the athlete and affect his reputation and good reputation must always be taken into account in the context in which they were made and, above all, taking into account the cultural characteristics of each player and each player. Cavani has already completed one of his three-game suspension matches and will miss the Carabao Cup semifinal against Manchester City on Wednesday and the third-round FA Cup match against Watford on Saturday.