Ander Herrera knows Edinson Cavani well having worked with him at Paris SG before Uruguaen joined Manchester United.
So, when it comes to defending his former team-mate, the Spaniard gladly goes to the front line, especially when “El Matador” is penalized for remarks deemed racist.
Cavani has been suspended for three matches by the English Football Association for responding to a contact on social media congratulating him on a match performance.
"Gracias negrito" (literally "thank you little black") replied the South American striker with affection, this term not having, in his country, at all the racist connotation that the leaders of English football wanted to lend him.
Edinson Cavani's message, under investigation by the English Football Association.
But the damage was done.
Edinson Cavani was indeed suspended for these comments.
A sanction that made Ander Herrera, the current Paris SG midfielder, jump.
"If they punish you for that ... The world goes to c ... Good luck, Edi," the former Red Devil wrote on Instagram to the address of his former teammate he was particularly close to.
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For his part, Cavani accepted the punishment and did not see fit to appeal, out of respect for the anti-racist fight.
But that didn't stop the attacker from expressing his incomprehension for those few misinterpreted and never malicious words in his mouth.
“I accept disciplinary sanctions because I know I am outside of English customs, but I do not share this point of view.
I apologize if I have offended someone by expressing my affection, it was not at all my intention, ”the player wrote on his Twitter account.
After remarks deemed racist, Edinson Cavani receives 3 suspension matches