Man Utd's Cavani banned for 3 games over Instagram post

VIDEO SHOWS: RECENT AND FILE FOOTAGE OF MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER EDINSON CAVANI DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSIONS

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1. MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER, EDINSON CAVANI, DURING RONDO DRILL

2. MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER, WATCHING TRAINING

3. CAVANI AMONG TEAM MATES DURING TRAINING

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4. MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS INCLUDING CAVANI JOGGING

5. SOLSKJAER AT TRAINING

6. CAVANI TRAINING

7. TRAINING SESSION

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8. CAVANI TRAINING

9. TRAINING SESSION

10. CAVANI TRAINING

STORY: Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games and fined 100,000 pounds ($136,590) after he admitted a Football Association (FA) charge for using a racial term, the soccer governing body said on Thursday (December 31).

The 33-year-old Uruguayan used the word "negrito" in an Instagram post last month after beating Southampton on Nov. 29, before taking it down and apologising.

Cavani will miss United's league game against Aston Villa, the League Cup semi-final against Manchester City and the FA Cup match against Watford as a result of the suspension.

"A comment posted on the Manchester United striker's Instagram page was insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1," the FA said in a statement.

"The post also constitutes an 'aggravated breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin."

The FA said Cavani would also have to complete "face-to-face education" as part of his punishment.

United said Cavani chose not to contest the charge out of respect for the FA and the "fight against racism in football".

"Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank-you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the charge," United said in a statement.

"The club trusts that the independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in relation to his post."

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