FA responds to Alejandro Garnacho post about Manchester United teammate Andre Onana
Garnacho included two gorilla emojis in his tribute post about Onana.
‘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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