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Edinson Cavani had to apologise to people of Jamaica after 'African' mistake
The Uruguay striker claimed their opponents would be tough to beat, “like all African teams”.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani has issued a grovelling apology to Jamaican people after making an unfortunate clanger ahead of their Copa America opener on Saturday.

The striker was asked about the upcoming opponents in a press conference, before saying that they are a difficult side to face as, “an African team, which we all know focus on their physical strength.”

After presumably being shown a map of the world, a deeply apologetic Cavani took to Twitter to clear up his mistake, in both Spanish and English, explaining that he had simply been trying to draw comparisons between the playing styles of Jamaica and some African sides.

“‘In my mind I compared the similar playing styles of the Jamaicans and the African nations, but I only expressed half of my reasoning and it sounded pretty bad,” he said.

Holders Uruguay will kick off the defence of their title tomorrow against the Caribbean side, who have been given a special invite to compete as the 12th team in the tournament.

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