In the interview granted to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sprt, Pope Francis focused also on Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away last November. About his countryman Pope Francis said: "On the field he was a poet, a great champion who gave joy to millions of people, in Argentina as in Naples.
He was also a very fragile man. I have a personal memory linked to the 1986 World Championship, the one that Argentina won thanks to Maradona. I was in Frankfurt, it was a difficult time for me, I was studying the language and collecting material for my thesis.
I had been able to see the World Cup final and I only learned the day after Argentina's victory over Germany, when a Japanese girl wrote Long live Argentina on the blackboard during a German lesson. I remember it, personally, as the victory of solitude because I had no one with whom to share the joy of that sporting victory."
Edinson Cavani got three daymatches of disqualification
"Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games and fined £ 100,000 and must complete face-to-face briefing after an FA E3 Rule violation charge in relation to a social media post posted on Sunday 29 November 2020.
A comment posted on the Manchester United FC forward's Instagram page was offensive and violated FA Rule E3.1. The post also constitutes an aggravated violation, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included references, either express or implied, color and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
An independent regulatory commission has been appointed to decide the sanction and its written reasons will be published in due course," said the official statement published by the English FA. Manchester United star posted a gracias negrito on social media: after the match won 3-2 against Southampton last November 29th, the Uruguayan forward posted a story on Instagram in which he replied to a fan who complimented his performance, writing Gracias Negrito!
Although Cavani immediately cleared the story, then apologized and explained his intentions, the Football Association decided to stop him for three mathces of Premier League. Manchester United released the following statement: "As he stated, Edinson Cavani was unaware that his words could be misinterpreted and sincerely apologized for the post and to anyone who was offended.
Despite his honest belief that he was simply sending an affectionate thank you in response to a congratulatory message from a close friend, he chose not to contest the allegation, out of respect and solidarity with the FA and the fight against racism in football.
Although it is clear that the context and intent are key factors, we note that the Independent Regulatory Commission had to impose a minimum three match suspension. The club is confident that the Independent Regulatory Commission will make it clear in its written reasons that Edinson Cavani is not a racist, nor was there any racist intent in report to his post."