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FA INVESTIGATION: Why Onana’s statement won’t stop Garnacho’s potential ban

Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho is under investigation by the English Premier League FA after he posted a picture of Andres Onana his teammate accompanied by two gorilla emojis.

The Manchester United forward posted the picture accompanied by two gorilla emojis on X formally known as Twitter. Alejandro Garnacho later edited the capture before he deleted it completely after he was advised of the potential racial connotations it gives.

However, even after deleting the tweet, Manchester United’s Evening News has reported that the English FA are looking at the incident and will investigate for a potential ban on Alejandro Garnacho if found guilty of a breach of their social media ethics.

Onana was Manchester United’s hero after he saved a last-kick of-the-game penalty on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League. He has reacted to the post via his official X account and has employed the English FA to stop any investigation into the case.

The Cameroonian goalie said in a tweet on Thursday evening: “People cannot choose what I should be offended by. I know exactly what Alejandro Garnacho meant: power and strength. This matter should go no further.”

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After this statement from Onana, there is still a question begging for answers which is; Will Alejandro Garnacho still get a ban from the English FA? – I’m going to answer that question with instances of how the English Premier League FA have handled such cases in the past.

The answer to the question is ‘No’, Onana’s statement might not affect the outcome of the investigations. why? prior cases involving United and other Premier League clubs have shown that how an individual interprets a potential racial attack doesn’t affect the English FA’s stands on the case.

At Manchester City for example. In 2019, the citizens’ midfielder Bernardo Silva faced a one-game suspension and was fined £50,000 by the English Premier League FA after the Portuguese posted a picture comparing his ex-teammate Mendy to the mascot of a Spanish brand, one that had previously been criticized for racial undertones.

In this case, although Mendy replied to the post by his ex-teammate with a laughing emoji and he (Bernardo) deleted the post, he was still suspended and fined as the English FA deemed his post to have an ‘aggravated breach’ of their use of ‘social media ethics’.

Bernardo Silva was also charged to have a face-to-face education on the English FA’s rules on the use of social media.

Another case study: This incident involved former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani who was fined £100,000 and a three-game match ban after he replied to a congratulatory using the word “negrito”.

This happened in September of the year 2022 when Manchester United won 3-2 against Southampton with the Uruguayan forward scoring two goals in the come-back victory. After the game, The United forward in response to a congratulatory post from a friend on Instagram, used the word “negrito”.

The intention of the forward was pure and a statement from Manchester United confirmed that he meant an “affectionate thank you” to his friend. But, sadly he was still fined and got banned and was also asked to make an apology post on his social media page for his behavior.

So, the bottom line of this article is although Onana has confirmed that he understands what his young teammate meant by the use of those two emojis in his tweet, there are big chance that he will still face a potential ban or be given an alternative to ban by the English FA, which is a ‘face-to-face education’ on the FA’s ‘social media ethics’.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United are going to face their neighbors the ‘citizens’ in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, and Alejandro Garnacho is likely to miss the game if the English FA finds him breached any of the rules of their ‘social media ethics’ rules at the end of their investigations.

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