Football: United winger Elanga was racistly beaten while playing for Sweden’s U-21 team, football news and top stories
MONZA (REUTERS) – Manchester United player Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse from the opposition when he played for the Sweden U21 team against Italy this week, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) said on Wednesday (October 13).
The two teams played a 1-1 draw in a European qualifier in Monza on Tuesday, where Elanga, who was taken off in the 72nd minute, was involved in an incident with opponents after the last whistle.
“In connection with the U-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 U-21 national team,” SvFF says in a statement.
However, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) denied the allegations and said it was hopeful that the competent authorities would soon clarify the situation.
“FIGC categorically denies that an opponent was subjected to racist abuse by a U21 national team player during yesterday’s match … we understand that no such incident was observed by the match officials or the Uefa delegates,” it said in a statement.
“As can be seen from Rai 2’s TV movie yesterday, two Swedish players continue to celebrate long after the 92nd minute equalizer and are urged by the Italian players to resume the game.
“We reiterate that no racist insult was used before, at that moment or afterwards and that FIGC will act to protect its and the players’ image in all courts.”
Sweden’s coach Claes Eriksson said: “We have told about our version of what happened and have submitted an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates. Now we are waiting for feedback through the match report and the referee report.”
Elanga, 19, has made three senior appearances for United and scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of last season in the Premier League.