Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani is facing an investigation over a potential breach of the Football Association's racism code after allegedly using a racially offensive term in a social media post.
The Uruguayan came off the bench to help United to an epic 3-2 comeback win at Southampton. After the game, Cavani shared an Instagram story from a fan, using a racially offensive term. He wrote, "Gracias, n******".
The FA have a strict code on racism, and under the latest guidelines, Cavani could be handed a three-game ban.
Manchester United insisted that the forward used the term in an affectionate manner and that Cavani wasn't aware of the different connotations in England. He has since deleted the post.
Cavani's post quickly drew comparisons with Luis Suarez's on-field actions when he clashed with Patrice Evra in 2011. The then-Liverpool player was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for using a racially offensive term.
The FA have published new guidelines in order to clamp down on racism, on and off the field. Any discriminatory behaviour on social media will carry a minimum three-game suspension for culprits compared to bans of between six and 12 games for offences that take place in matches.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was banned for one match for posting - and quickly deleting - a picture of a character used in a chocolate brand. Tottenham's Dele Alli was also handed a one game ban for a so-called joke on social media about coronavirus.