Edinson Cavani expresses ‘sincere apology’ after Manchester United striker’s Instagram post sparks racism storm following Southampton win

Edinson Cavani has issued an apology after he used an offensive term on social media in the wake of Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 victory at Southampton on Sunday.
The Uruguayan striker came off the bench to score two goals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, but landed himself in hot water after the match.
Cavani was superb for United in Sunday’s win but he has landed himself in hot water over a social media postGetty Images
Cavani deleted the Instagram post after being made aware how the wording could be interpreted in the UKGetty Images
Replying to a message of congratulations, which has now been deleted, Cavani wrote in Spanish: ‘Gracias negrito’.
In a statement, Cavani apologised for any offence caused, he said: “The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations 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.”
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