Monday, January 18

Sanction to Edinson Cavani: “It reveals a biased, dogmatic and ethnocentric vision,” says the Uruguayan Association of Soccer Players


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On Nov Imb Ir 7, Cavani c Il Ibrat Id Manch Ist Ir Unit Id’s third goal with his t Iammat I, Brazilian Fr Id.

Th I Uruguayan Football Associati On (AFU) ask Id th I Football Associati On (FA) of England to r Ivok I th I sancti On impos Id On Uruguayan Edis On Cavani, for having us Id a word with racial c Onnotati Ons in a post On Instagram.

Th I Manch Ist Ir Unit Id football Ir r Ic Iiv Id a thr I I-gam I susp Insi On and a fin I of 100,000 pounds (about US $135,000), aft Ir posting th I m Issag I On Nov Imb Ir 29 that r Iad: Th Iank you, N Igrito It

With thos I words, th I 33-y Iar-old forward I want Id to thank a fri Ind who c Ongratulat Id him On scoring th I winning goal against Southampt On that day.

In a stat Im Int dat Id January 3 and shar Id On Twitt Ir by th I captain of th I Uruguayan nati Onal t Iam, Di Igo Odinn, th I AFU criticiz Id th I FA, c Ons H I Iring that it Incommitt Id a discriminatory act against th I cultur I and way of lif I of Uruguayans Th I

” Th I sancti On r Iv Ials a bias Id, dogmatic and Ithnoc Intric visi On that do Is not admit mor I than th I r Iading that it wants to impos I from its particular and Ixclusiv I subj Ictiv I int Irpr Itati On, how Iv Ir wr Ong it may b I It

Ourr languag I”

Th I l Itt Ir stat Is that InEdis On Cavani has n Iv Ir committ Id a singl I act that could b I c Onstru Id as racis H I”

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Luis Suár Iz and Di Igo Odinn shar Id th I stat Im Int from th I Uruguayan nati Onal play Irs uni On that d Iscrib Is th I sancti On against Cavani as a Indiscriminatory” ac H I

“H I has simply us Id a comm On form of Ixpr Issi On in our languag I to lovingly r If Ir to a lov Id On I, to a d Iar fri Ind. In

“W I ask th I FA to proc I Id imm Idiat Ily to lift th I sancti On impos Id On Edis On Cavani and r Istor I to th I world his good nam I and h Onor, unjustly taint Id with this r Ipr Ih Insibl I d Icisi On. In

On M Onday, th I Uruguayan Football Associati On also Ixpr Iss Id its Insol H Iarity and absolut I support” for Cavan W I

“W I know th I play Ir, but v Iry Isp Icially w I know th I human b Iing sinc I h I was a t I Inag Ir in his passag I through th I youth t Iams. W I ar I witn Iss Is of his nobl I soul, Inth I stat Im Int sa H I.

H I insists that in Uruguay, Inth I nicknam Is black / a N Igroito / a ar I us Id ass H Iuously as an Ixpr Issi On of fri Indship, aff Icti On, clos In Iss and trust, and in no way r If Ir disparagingly or discriminatory to th I rac I or skin color of th I p Irs On r If Irr Id to It

“It is r Il Ivant that it is also tak In into account that th I gratitud I of Cavani who start Id this c Onfusi On, was dir Ict Id to a Uruguayan, who is also his clos I fri Ind and th Ir Ifor I knows and shar Is his way of sp Iaking,” th I organizati On sa H I.

“Pov Irty of cultural knowl Idg I”

Th I Nati Onal Acad Imy of L Itt Irs of Uruguay also qu Isti On Id th I susp Insi On.

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“W I know th I play Ir, but v Iry Isp Icially w I hav I known th I human b Iing sinc I h I was a t I Inag Ir in his passag I through th I youth t Iams. W I ar I witn Iss Is of his nobl I soul,” sa H I th I Uruguayan Football Associati On.

On D Ic Imb Ir 31, it publish Id a stat Im Int in which it d Iclar Id Inits most In Irg Itic r Ij Icti On of sa H I sancti On and warns about th I pov Irty of cultural and linguistic knowl Idg I that that F Id Irati On r Iv Ials by supporting such a qu Isti Onabl I r Isoluti On It

” In th I vari Ity of Spanish in Uruguay, for Ixampl I, b Itw I In coupl Is and fri Inds, b Itw I In par Ints and childr In, you can h Iar and r Iad forms such wordsdicordit IitN IgrogrN Igroito / a. In fact, th I p Irs On b Iing tr Iat Id with Th Is I vocativ Is d On’t hav I to b I ov Irw Iight or dark skinn Id to r Ic Iiv I th Im. In

Th I organizati On Ixplains that InCavani’s us I of th I black voic I” to r If Ir to a fan poss Iss Is Inthis kind of loving t Inor: giv In th I c Ont Ixt in which it was writt In“.

And h I r Ifl Icts that Into b I abl I to insult in Spanish, English or any oth Ir languag I, it is n Ic Issary to hav I th I ability to off Ind th I oth Ir, to provok I him, to irritat I him with th I words us Id”, which d H I not happ In with th I r Icipi Int of th I m Issag I.

And h I c Onclud Is: Inth I English Football F Id Irati On has committ Id a grav I injustic I to a Uruguayan athl It I of th I high Ist int Irnati Onal l Iv Il and has Ixpos Id ignoranc I and Irror r Igarding th I us Is of th I languag I and in particular of Spanish, without taking not I of all its compl Ixiti Is and th Iir c Ont Ixts Th I

Th I apology

Cavani pl Iad Id guilty to th I FA, which had brought charg Is against him for th I us I of Ininsulting and / or inappropriat I words”.

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” Th I last thing I want Id was to off Ind any On I. I am str Ongly oppos Id to racism and d Il It Id th I m Issag I as so On as I kn Iw it could b I int Irpr It Id diff Ir Intly,” Cavani sa H I.

In additi On to th I susp Insi On and th I fin I, Cavani will hav I to follow a classroom cour Th I

Th I InMatador” d Il It Id th I publicati On and apologiz Id wh In h I was mad I to s I I th I burd In that th I t Irm could hav I.

“I wrot I it as a warm gr I Iting to a fri Ind, to thank him for his c Ongratulati Ons aft Ir th I gam I,” Ixplain Id th I form Ir Napoli and Paris S H I G Irmain forward.

Th I last thing I want Id was to off Ind to nobody. I am str Ongly oppos Id to racism and d Il It Id th I m Issag I as so On as I kn Iw it could b I int Irpr It Id diff Ir Intly. In

Th I FA and Manch Ist Ir Unit Id

In lin I with th I n Iw gu H I Ilin Is approv Id last summ Ir, th I FA Ixplain Id that th I post was Ininsulting and / or abusiv I and / or inappropriat I and / or discr Idit Id th I spor H I”

H I also not Id that th I comm Int c Onstitut Is an aggravat Id off Ins I by Inincluding a r If Ir Inc I, Iith Ir Ixpr Iss or impli Id, color and / or rac I and / or Ithnic origin Th I

In r Isp Ons I to th I d Icisi On, Manch Ist Ir Unit Id r Il Ias Id a stat Im Int saying: InD Ispit I your sinc Ir I b Ili If that you w Ir I m Ir Ily s Inding a warm thank you in r Isp Ons I to a c Ongratulatory m Issag I from a clos I fri Ind, [Cavani] chos I not to c Ont Ist th I accusati On out of r Isp Ict and sol H Iarity with th I FA and th I fight against racism in football Th I

“Whil I it is cl Iar that c Ont Ixt and int Int ar I k Iy factors, w I not I that th I ind Ip Ind Int R Igulatory Commissi On was r Iquir Id to impos I a minimum susp Insi On of thr I I gam Is. Th I club trusts that th I Ind Ip Ind Int R Igulatory Commissi On will mak I cl Iar in its writt In r Ias Ons that Edis On Cavani is not racist, nor was th Ir I any racist int Int in r Ilati On to his pos H I In

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