FA responds to Alejandro Garnacho post about Manchester United teammate Andre Onana

Garnacho included two gorilla emojis in his tribute post about Onana.

FA responds to Alejandro Garnacho post about Manchester United teammate Andre Onana
Manchester United's goalkeeper Andre Onana, second right, celebrates with teammates after makes a save penalty shoot during the Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Copenhagen at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Alejandro Garnacho included two gorilla emojis in his tribute post to Andre Onana (AP)

The Football Association has confirmed that no action will be taken against Alejandro Garnacho over his post on X about his Manchester United teammate Andre Onana last month.

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A statement released by the FA read: ‘We have concluded an investigation in relation to a recent post on Alejandro Garnacho’s social media.

‘We sought the player’s observations as par of our investigation, and he explained that the use of two gorilla emojis was intended to highlight the strength and power of his teammates – specifically Andre Onana and Harry Maguire – following the pivotal roles they played in Manchester United’s win over FC Copenhagen.

‘We are satisfied with Alejandro Garnacho’s explanation and the context that it provides, so we will not be issuing disciplinary proceedings on this occasion.

‘However, we have reminded the player of his responsibilities around social media posts and the use of emojis in particular which can be interpreted in different ways.

‘We also intend to liaise with Kick it Out and the PFA to discuss other potential issues around the use of emojis and similar forms of messaging and education that can be provided about them.’

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