Manchester United striker prohibited to use the term ‘negrito’ Players’ union claims FA has committed ‘discriminatory act’
The Uruguayan players’ union has called on the Football Association to overturn the three-game suspension of Edinson Cavani for using the word “negrito.” In an Instagram story, the Manchester United striker used the phrase after scoring two goals in a 3-2 win over Southampton at the end of November. The 33-year-old got a three-match suspension and on Friday missed the Manchester United victory over Aston Villa. He said his heart was “at peace” as there was no racial intent behind the use of the term. In a statement posted on social media on Monday, the Uruguayan players’ union called the decision of the FA “a truly discriminatory act that is absolutely reprehensible and against Uruguayan culture.” The statement, shared by several high-profile players, including Luis Suárez of Atlético Madrid, read “First, we must condemn”
The sanction represents the English Football Association’s biased, dogmatic and ethnocentric view, which allows only a subjective interpretation of its clear and exclusionary inference, however flawed it may be. Edinson Cavani never committed any action that could be perceived as racist. He merely used a common phrase in Latin America to affectionately address a loved one or good friend. To say that the only way to provide a valid understanding in existence is the one that is in the minds of the English Football Association managers is, in fact, a genuine discriminatory act that is absolutely reprehensible
Cavani, who pleaded guilty to using insulting and/or inappropriate words, said he acknowledged the fine but did not share his statement with the FA’s assessment. He chose not to appeal the case “out of respect for the FA and the fight against racism in soccer.” according to United.