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Joleon Lescott calls for English football to introduce protocols after Cavani’s ‘negrito’ comment

‘They must abide by our laws’: Joleon Lescott calls for English football to introduce protocols to educate players entering the country after Edinson Cavani called friend ‘negrito’ on Instagram

  • Edinson Cavani could be suspended for at least three games for the comment
  • It comes a year after Bernardo Silva was banned for sending an offensive tweet
  • Joleon Lescott believes that the repeated incidents require action

Joleon Lescott believes that English football should establish educational policies and protocols for players coming to the Premier League after Edinson Cavani’s Instagram post calling a friend a ‘negrito’.

Cavani could be suspended from the FA for at least three games after posting the comment hours after inspiring Manchester United’s brawl in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Southampton.

It comes more than a year after Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was banned from one match and fined £ 50,000 for an offensive tweet sent to clubmate Benjamin Mendy.

Joleon Lescott has called for the introduction of protocols to teach players about acceptable behavior and language use in England after Edinson Cavani's Instagram post

Joleon Lescott has called for the introduction of protocols to teach players about acceptable behavior and language use in England after Edinson Cavani’s Instagram post

Cavani called a friend 'negrito' and could now be suspended for at least three games

Cavani called a friend 'negrito' and could now be suspended for at least three games

Cavani called a friend ‘negrito’ and could now be suspended for at least three games

Lescott emphasizes that because the Uruguayan’s comment was not a one-off from players, football organizations should come together to educate them about the unacceptable language in England rather than trying to deal with discrimination by individuals.

‘I think it is clearly a use of a word that is acceptable in other cultures and countries, and I think this is an opportunity – everyone is talking about education policies and protocol when it comes to racism, and this is an opportunity for that to do, ‘said Lescott.

‘I don’t think we should allow players to get into the league and use terminology that is used in their cultures and considered OK. It is not acceptable here anyway.

‘I’m not mentioning Cavani – I think we’ve seen it before. I think Bernardo Silva also had an incident.

Last year, Bernardo Silva (right) was banned for tweet sent to Benjamin Mendy (left)

Last year, Bernardo Silva (right) was banned for tweet sent to Benjamin Mendy (left)

Last year, Bernardo Silva (right) was banned for tweet sent to Benjamin Mendy (left)

And Lescott believes the repeated incidents mean that collective action is needed to educate

And Lescott believes the repeated incidents mean that collective action is needed to educate

And Lescott believes the repeated incidents mean that collective action is needed to educate

“ I think it’s an opportunity for the FA, the Premier League, whoever it is, to educate people about terms and things we can and can’t say here because – I know it’s a simpler way of thinking – we do not let foreign players hide behind the fact that they drive on another side of the road upon arrival.

‘They have to obey our laws and I don’t think the kind of regulation is acceptable at the moment. I think they should look at it as governing bodies, rather than individuals. ‘

Former United defender Wes Brown added that he believed the comment had “something to do” with racism, but said the final verdict will have to wait after the FA investigation.

‘I can’t really tell you how people talk to you in South America. I know this has happened a few times now. I don’t know exactly what it said, as far as it goes, ”Brown said.

Wes Brown also admitted that he believes the comment had something to do with racism

Wes Brown also admitted that he believes the comment had something to do with racism

Wes Brown also admitted that he believes the comment had something to do with racism

‘But I do know he was talking to his buddy and it was kind of, I’m not going to make a racist comment, but it had something to do with it, and people will be watching it. Sometimes when you talk to friends things can get out of proportion and we just have to wait and see what happens there. ‘

The comment eclipsed what was a stunning substitute for the former PSG forward, who founded Bruno Fernandes before scoring twice to see his side fall 2-0 behind St Mary’s to win.

Brown believes the performance was ‘exceptional’ and will force Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to consider giving him a starting place now that he has fully overcome his injury problems.

“He’s been with the club for a while now and people have probably thought” why didn’t he play, why didn’t he start more games than he has, “added Brown.

The former defender also praised the Uruguayan for his 'exceptional' performance at Southampton

The former defender also praised the Uruguayan for his 'exceptional' performance at Southampton

The former defender also praised the Uruguayan for his ‘exceptional’ performance at Southampton

‘If you watch the game over the weekend, I thought it was really exceptional. I don’t think we have a striker who is an absolute striker.

Even his last goal over the weekend, the way he attacks the ball, he’s always looking to get in that box, he’s always in the right place. I think the younger guys can all learn a lot from him. We all know about his goal record, but he seemed to have a drive over him.

‘He still wants to do well, he always gets in the right position. I have a feeling that after the weekend gig, maybe the manager should start with him a bit more.

‘You can tell he’s fitter than when he first came, he clearly had injuries last season. But the experience he brings, you can’t really go wrong with it and it will be necessary this season. ‘

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