Manchester United's Edinson Cavani has apologised for a deleted social media post containing a Spanish phrase that is offensive in some contexts.
The Uruguayan striker sent the message after scoring the injury-time winner in United's 3-2 win at Southampton.
"It was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game," said the 33-year-old.
"The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone.
"I am completely opposed to racism and deleted the message as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently. I would like to sincerely apologise for this."
United are aware of the post and understand Cavani's interpretation of how it was sent.
As of this season, Football Association rules
state that any player found guilty of an offence of discrimination will face a minimum three-match suspension.
"It is clear to us that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind Edinson's message and he deleted it as soon as he was informed that it could be misconstrued," said a United statement.
"Edinson has issued an apology for any unintentional offence caused. Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism."