Edinson Cavani is facing an FA investigation and potential ban after being accused of using a racist term on social media.
The Football Association confirmed to Mirror Sport they are aware of the post, are looking into it and will now ask Cavani to explain the remark made on Instagram.
Cavani, 33, wrote “Gracias n******” in an exchange with a fan after scoring twice - including a dramatic late winner - in Manchester United ’s last gasp victory at Southampton.
The FA have a strict code on racism and under the latest guidelines Cavani could get a three game ban.
It is understood that Cavani believed he was using the term in a friendly way, it is a common phrase in South American and has been told now of the different interpretation in England.
He has since deleted the post.
But Luis Suarez used a similar term in the infamous bust-up with Patrice Evra which led to the former Liverpool striker getting an eight game ban.
Manchester United have yet to comment but Mirror Sport have contacted the club.
There have been a string of recent cases which would suggest that Cavani will get punished.
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Cavani’s post has caused a backlash on social media.
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