Anthony Elanga: UEFA investigating Man Utd forward’s claim he was racially abused while playing for Sweden U21s in Italy

UEFA has launched an investigation after Man Utd’s Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse by an opponent whereas enjoying for Sweden U21s on Tuesday.

Elanga was a part of the Sweden facet that drew 1-1 with Italy in a European U21 Championship Qualifier.

An announcement on the Swedish FA’s official web site stated: “In reference to the U21 nationwide crew’s European Championship Qualifier in opposition to Italy in Monza on Tuesday, Anthony Elanga has said after the match that he has been subjected to a racist remark from an opponent within the Italian U21 nationwide crew.”

Sweden U21s boss Claes Eriksson stated: “We have now advised our model of what occurred and have submitted an oral report back to each the referees and the match delegates.

“We are actually ready for suggestions by way of the match report and the referee report. As soon as they’ve arrived, we resolve the way to proceed. Security supervisor Martin Fredman can also be knowledgeable of what has occurred.

“Nobody ought to must be uncovered to racism, it’s fully unacceptable. All of us stand behind and assist Anthony on this.”

European soccer’s governing physique UEFA introduced on Thursday that it had launched a probe into the incident, whereas the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) has dismissed the declare.

Anthony Elanga has made three first-team appearances for Manchester United

An announcement learn: “The FIGC denies in essentially the most absolute method {that a} footballer of the Underneath-21 nationwide crew, in the course of the Italy-Sweden match performed in Monza, expressed racist slurs in opposition to an opponent, an incident which, so far as we all know, was not seen by the match officers or the UEFA delegate.

“We hope the governing our bodies will promptly make clear the case. From tv photographs broadcast yesterday and nonetheless accessible, after the equaliser, within the 92nd minute, two Swedish gamers have fun the objective for a very long time and are known as by Italian footballers to renew the sport shortly.

“We reiterate that no racist offence occurred earlier than, at the moment or subsequently, and the FIGC will shield its picture and that of its gamers.

“On the identical time, the FIGC reaffirms the fixed dedication made by all Italian soccer, and specifically by the nationwide groups, by way of quite a few initiatives, to fight racism and as soon as once more condemns any discriminatory insult or episode of violence.”

Elanga, 19, has made three senior appearances for United, with the second of these seeing him rating in a 2-1 win in opposition to Wolves on the ultimate day of final season.

Sky Sports activities Information has contacted Manchester United for remark.

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