Uruguayans stand up for suspended Cavani: "He doesn't deserve this.


Edinson Cavani can count on a lot of support from his compatriots after his much-discussed suspension. Among others, Luis Suárez and Diego Godin stand up for the attacker of Manchester United and hope that the punishment will be reviewed.

Cavani was suspended by the English Football Federation (FA) for three matches and fined £100,000 (€111,000) following a social media report (late November) in which he used the word 'negrito'.

In Latin American countries that term is often used in a loving way, but the English football federation FA closely monitors the use of potentially offensive or racist terms.

The attacker deleted the message and made excuses, but that was insufficient in the eyes of the FA.

As well as the fine and the suspension, Cavani of the FA is also required to attend a course to raise awareness of racism.

'FA has distorted image'

"Edinson has done something that can't be linked to racism. He doesn't deserve this", reports the Uruguayan players' union in a statement, which was shared by Suárez and Godin among others.

"This punishment shows that the English Football Association has a distorted picture, which has led to a misinterpretation of the original message."

 

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