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Man United youngster reports racial abuse during Sweden U21s game

The alleged incident happened against Italy on Tuesday.

Anthony Elanga (file pic).
Anthony Elanga (file pic).
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MANCHESTER UNITED forward Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse by an opponent while playing for Sweden U21s 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 in the same group that Jim Crawford’s Ireland are aiming to qualify from.

A statement on the Swedish FA’s official website said: “In connection with the U21 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 U21 national team.”

Sweden U21s 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.”

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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.

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