The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) today, Tuesday, joined mounting criticism of the FA’s decision to suspend Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for alleged racist abuse. Cavani was sentenced last week with a three-match ban and a fine of 100,000 pounds (136,180 dollars) after he used the Uruguay striker. The 33-year-old has the word meaning “nigger” in a comment on Instagram after the 3-2 win over Southampton on November 29 before he apologizes for the incident and deletes what he wrote.
“The comment that appeared on the Manchester United striker’s account was insulting, offensive, indecent, damaging the game’s reputation and violating the FA’s regulations,” the FA said in a statement, and ordered the player to undergo an educational program.
“It is clear that the disciplinary measures imposed on the Uruguayan player do not take into account cultural characteristics and the use of certain terms that are spoken in daily life in Uruguay,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.
“This type of comment must always be judged … taking into account the context in which it was issued and above all the cultural characteristics of each player and every country.” CONMEBOL always condemns in the strongest terms any form of discrimination and racism, but the specific case for which Kavani was punished does not constitute one. Of which”.
On Monday, the Uruguayan Footballers Association urged the FA to cancel the suspension of Cavani, saying that the penalty revealed the “racial view” of the English Football Association.
Academic bodies in Uruguay also criticized the decision of the FA, describing it as denoting English football’s ignorance of a lot of linguistic and cultural information.