UEFA has opened an investigation after Man Utd’s Anthony Elanga suffered alleged racist abuse from an opponent while playing for the Swedish U21s on Tuesday.
Elanga was part of the Swedish squad which drew 1-1 with Italy in the European U21 Championship qualifiers.
A statement published on the official website of the Swedish federation said: “As part of the qualification for the European Championship of the national Under-21 team against Italy at Monza on Tuesday, Anthony Elanga said after the game he had been the subject of racist comment by an Italian opponent. Under-21 national team. “
Sweden U21 boss Claes Eriksson said: “We gave our version of what happened and submitted an oral report to the referees and match delegates.
“We are now awaiting feedback via the match report and the referee’s report. Once they arrive we decide what to do next. Security manager Martin Fredman is also briefed on what’s going on. has passed.
“No one should have to be exposed to racism, this is totally unacceptable. We all support and support Anthony in this area.”
European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Thursday that it had opened an investigation into the incident, while the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) rejected the request.
A statement read: “The FIGC denies in the most absolute manner that a footballer of the national Under-21 team, during the Italy-Sweden game in Monza, expressed racist insults against an opponent, an incident which, to our knowledge, has not been noticed by match officials or the UEFA delegate.
“We hope that the governing bodies will clarify the matter quickly. From television images broadcast yesterday and still available, after the equalizer, in the 92nd minute, two Swedish players celebrate the goal at length and are called by Italian footballers to resume play quickly.
“We reiterate that no racist offense has been committed before, at that time or afterwards, and the FIGC will protect its image and that of its players.
“At the same time, the FIGC reaffirms the constant commitment of all Italian football, and in particular of the national teams, through numerous initiatives, to fight racism and once again condemn any discriminatory insult or episode of violence. “
Elanga, 19, has made three senior appearances for United, the second of those who saw him score in a 2-1 win over Wolves on the final matchday of last season.
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