Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga revealed he was racially abused by an opponent when he was playing for Sweden U21s. Elanga and Sweden took on Italy in the qualification for the U21 European Championships. The Swede has made three appearances for Manchester United. He scored in one of those appearances against Wolves on the final day of last season. The Italian Football Federation has dismissed the claim.

“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.” a statement from the Swedish FA said.

“We have told our version of what happened and have submitted an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates.” Sweden U21 boss Claes Eriksson said after Manchester United player Anthony Elanga claimed to have suffered racist abuse. “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.”

“The FIGC denies in the most absolute way that a footballer of the Under-21 national team, during the Italy-Sweden match played in Monza, expressed racist slurs against an opponent, an incident which, as far as we know, was not noticed by the match officials or the UEFA delegate.” a statement by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) read.

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