Police are investigating after Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga received racist abuse online after FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough | Soccer News

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Police are investigating after Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga suffered racist abuse online on Friday following the penalty shootout loss to Middlesbrough.

Elanga missed the decisive penalty in an 8-7 shootout loss to Middlesbrough as United suffered a shock FA Cup exit after the game ended 1-1 after extra time at Old Trafford.

After the match, Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas tweeted screenshots to highlight the racist abuse Elanga received on Instagram and said “So easy to predict…”.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Tuesday: “We can confirm that GMP is investigating an incident of racist abuse relating to a social media post which was allegedly posted on Friday evening (4th February 2022), following the football match between Manchester United and Middlesborough FC Investigations are ongoing.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting the crime reference number: CRI/06MM/0002216/22”

A spokesperson for Meta, the company that owns Instagram, where the abuse took place, said it had already deleted a number of comments on Elanga’s page and is investigating.

Clinton Morrison on racist abuse of Elanga

“No young man goes up to take a penalty and wants to miss it,” said Sky Sports pundit Clinton Morrison.

“He’s been good to them and defended them for the past few weeks.

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Elanga scored in Manchester United’s win over Brentford last month

“It makes me furious – what’s the point of someone racially abusing Elanga? The kid was devastated when he came out, he already knows he missed a crucial penalty. But don’t talk about the color of his skin.

“We are all human beings here. We are all together.

“Once he crosses that white line, he tries to give 100 per cent.

“What are people doing? They go after the youngster because of the color of his skin.

“I’m fed up and I’m fed up.”

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