Diego Laxalt In Social Media Defence Of Compatriot Over Racism Row

Celtic’s Uruguayan defender, Diego Laxalt, has forwarded a statement from the Uruguayan Football Players Union this afternoon, which leaps to the defence of the left back’s compatriot – Edison Cavani.

Cavani was banned for three matches and fined £100,000 by the English FA for making an alleged racist remark during an online conversation with his friend. Manchester United and Cavani have both strenuously denied any racist intention, but accepted the punishment. However, it was well known that the term used by the South American was a remark that is not considered racist in his homeland. Despite evidence that the comments were lost in translation, offence had inadvertently been caused and thus the FA dished out retributional measures.

Laxalt uploaded an image of the Uruguayan Football Players Union statement on his Instagram.

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