MONZA: Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga (Photo) was the subject of alleged racist abuse by the opposition while playing for the Swedish Under-21 team against Italy this week, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF ).
The two teams fought a 1-1 draw in a European qualifier at Monza on Tuesday, with Elanga, who was sent off in the 72nd minute, being involved in an incident with opposing players after the final whistle .
“In connection with the U21 national team’s European Championship qualifying match against Italy at Monza on Tuesday, Anthony Elanga said after the match that he had been the subject of racist comment by the from an opponent of the Italian U21 national team, “SvFF said in a statement. declaration.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC), however, denied the allegations, saying they hoped the relevant authorities would clarify the situation quickly.
“The FIGC categorically denies that an opponent was the victim of racist abuse by a national Under-21 team player during yesterday’s match (…).
“… As can be seen on Spoke 2 Images televised yesterday, two Swedish players continue their celebrations long after the equalizer in the 92nd minute and are urged by the Italian players to resume the game.
“We reiterate that no racist slurs have been used before, at this time or after and the FIGC will act to protect its image and that of its players in any court.”
Sweden coach Claes Eriksson said: “We gave our version of what happened and submitted an oral report to the referees and match delegates. Now we are awaiting feedback via the match report and the referee report. “
Elanga, 19, has made three senior appearances for United, scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final matchday of last season in the Premier League. – Reuters