Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga suffers alleged racist abuse from an opponent while playing for Sweden’s under-21 team against Italy
- The 19-year-old was subjected to alleged racist abuse by an opponent during Sweden’s 1-1 draw with Italy in European Under-21 Championship qualifying
- Swedish officials reported the comment to the referee and match delegates
- Boss Claes Eriksson described the alleged abuse as ‘completely unacceptable’
- Winger Elanga has made three first-team appearances at Manchester United
Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse by an opponent while playing for Sweden Under-21s on Tuesday, the Swedish Football Association has said.
Elanga was part of the Sweden side that drew 1-1 with Italy in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.
A statement on the Swedish FA’s official website said: ‘In connection with the Under-21 national team’s European Championship qualifier against Italy in Monza on Tuesday, Anthony Elanga has stated after the match that he has been subjected to a racist comment from an opponent in the Italian Under-21 national team.’
Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse from an opponent during Sweden’s under-21 fixture against Italy in Monza on Tuesday
The 19-year-old has made three first-team appearances for Manchester United to date
Sweden Under-21s boss Claes Eriksson said: ‘We have told our version of what happened and have submitted an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates.
‘We are now waiting for feedback through the match report and the referee report. Once they have arrived, we decide how to proceed. Safety manager Martin Fredman is also informed of what has happened.
‘No one should have to be exposed to racism, it is completely unacceptable. We all stand behind and support Anthony in this.’
Elanga, 19, has made three senior appearances for United, with the second of those seeing him score in a 2-1 win against Wolves on the final day of last season.
Elanga in action during the Under-21 European Championship qualifier in Monza on Tuesday
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