Rival player says Cavani should be severely punished for his action

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Watford forward, Troy Deeney, has called for the FA to punish Edinson Cavani severely for making a ‘racist’ remark on Sunday.

The Uruguayan had referred to a fan as ‘Negrito’, while replying them on Instagram, after the 3-2 win at the St Mary’s.

The striker has since deleted the post, but Deeney believes he still deserves to be punished, and a three match suspension wouldn’t be enough, to serve as a deterrent to others.

He told talkSPORT, “It’s never right, no matter which way you look at it. At no point did he think ‘that’s not right’ – that’s what worried me a little bit.

“I just want to know whether the FA are educating players when they come to this country. I don’t think he’s meant it to insult anyone, but he needs to be educated on what is acceptable and what isn’t.

“No, I don’t think so [whether the three-match ban for Edinson Cavani is severe enough]. It’s a considered post. He’s written it out, thought about it, and he’s got people around him who would say, ‘I don’t think you should really do that’.

“He’s probably acted in a moment of happiness, that’s why I don’t take it as he meant offence by it, he just hasn’t understood the ramifications of his words. I’d be very interested to see what Patrice Evra has got to say on it.”

Meanwhile, Cavani and Manchester United have already issued a statement apologising for the Instagram post, while maintaining he meant no harm.

Manchester United will face Troy Deeney’s side, Watford, in the third round of the FA Cup.