Edinson Cavani apologized for a social media post where after helping Manchester United win Southampton 3-2 on Sunday, November 29, he made a racially offensive remark.
The 33-year-old seasoned striker responded to a friend's congratulatory message with 'Gracias ni***' after leading Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to victory against Southampton, where he scored twice in the second half, a phrase that may be seen as racist in the UK.
Since he was made aware of how the wording could be viewed in the UK, he deleted the article as the Football Association could eventually bar him.
The striker claimed he was behaving with a mate in a fun way and did not wish to be racist, it is known.
Cavani apologized for any offense he may have caused in a statement on Monday, November 30, saying: "The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his compliments after the game."
"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.”
A statement from Manchester United added: "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.
"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.”