Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has apologised for a comment on social media which caused controversy in the wake of his side’s 3-2 victory over Southampton.
Cavani scored twice in the match and was congratulated by a friend in the comments section of an Instagram post. The striker’s response included the word ‘negrito’ which sparked widespread criticism.
The club have since issued a statement including an apology from the Uruguayan.
“The message I posted after the match on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game,” Cavani said.
“The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone. 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.”
Manchester United went on to add that there was ‘no malicious intent’ and that the comment has since been deleted.
“It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson’s message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued,” they said.
“Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism.”