Andre Onana defends Manchester United team-mate Alejandro Garnacho over gorilla emoji controversy

'This matter should go no further.'

Andre Onana defends Manchester United team-mate Alejandro Garnacho over gorilla emoji controversy
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana
The goalkeeper says the matter ‘should go no further’ (Picture: Getty)

Andre Onana has jumped to the defence of Manchester United team-mate Alejandro Garnacho after he used a gorilla emoji to praise the goalkeeper and insists he should not face a ban.

The 19-year-old paid tribute to the shot-stopper’s heroics against Copenhagen – in which Onana saved a stoppage-time penalty to secure all three points – by posting a picture on his social media pages celebrating alongside the Cameroonian.

However, he caused controversy by using two gorilla emojis and, after initially editing the original post to remove them following a backlash, then deleted the post from his timeline altogether.

Garnacho could now face a charge from the Football Association as the post is likely to be deemed an ‘aggravated breach’ of its rules on social media behaviour.

But Onana has broken his silence on the issue to defend the teenager, saying the meaning of the emojis has been misconstrued, and has urged the authorities not to punish Garnacho.

‘People cannot choose what I should be offended by,’ wrote Onana on Instagram on Thursday evening.

‘I know exactly what Garnacho meant: power and strength. This matter should go no further.’

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