Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been charged with misconduct by the English FA over the use of a racial term on social media.
The Uruguayan who's already apologised for the post, blamed a misinterpretation for the offence saying it was intended to be an "affectionate greeting to a friend".
Cavani sent the message after scoring twice in United's 3-2 win away to Southampton last month.
The 33-year-old, who could be banned for three games if he is found guilty, has until January 4th to respond to the charge.
An FA statement said the post was alleged to be "insulting and/or abusive and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute".
It is also alleged "that the comment constitutes an aggravated breach" which "included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin."
Manchester United released the following statement in response:
"Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA - along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns - in that regard.
"We note the FA decision today to charge Edinson Cavani for his social media reply to a friend's message of congratulations, following the Southampton game.
"Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologised for, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.
"The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly."