“The punishment of the FA is racial discrimination!” For allegedly using the racially-discriminatory words negrito (black), Uruguayan player Kavani received a ticket from the FA last week – a three-game suspension and a fine of 100,000 pounds.
AFP said on the 5th that the punishment aroused dissatisfaction of the Uruguayan Players’ Association, which issued a statement on the 4th that it absolutely supported Cavani and demanded that the FA immediately withdraw the punishment on Cavani and restore his reputation.
ESPN5 said that Uruguayan international Godin and Suarez also expressed their support for their compatriots.
“The FA is not condemning racism, but discriminating against Uruguay’s culture and way of life,” the Uruguayan Players Association said in a statement.” We oppose any form of discrimination, but the punishment of the FA reflects their ignorance and contempt for the multiculturalism of the world, which can instead promote racism.
The FA is punishing not only Kavani, but also Uruguayan national culture, which is a truly racist act. This punishment shows prejudice, dogma and self-centered nationalism of the FA.
The Uruguayan Football Association also issued an announcement on its official website in support of Kavani: “We know this player, and we have known him since we were teenagers. Cavani is a morally impeccable man, gentle and united and friendly.”
NBC said on the 4th that the 33-year-old Cavani performed bravely against Southampton last November, which caused a major reversal. After the game, he called him “negrito” when he thanked his friend for his congratulations on social media.
The FA believes that the term is “insulting” and makes the game notorious. Kavani insisted that “this is a misunderstanding” and his cultural background and lifestyle are obviously different from that of Britain.
He said on social platforms that he would accept punishment, but did not agree with the accusations of racial discrimination.