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Police investigating online racial abuse of Anthony Elanga

The 19-year-old missed the decisive spot-kick as Manchester United lost a shoot-out to Middlesbrough on Friday.

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Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga was racially abused after his penalty miss against Middlesbrough (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga was racially abused after his penalty miss against Middlesbrough (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga was racially abused after his penalty miss against Middlesbrough (Martin Rickett/PA)

Police are investigating after Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga was subjected to online racial abuse following last week’s FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough.

Elanga missed the decisive spot-kick as United were beaten on penalties by the Championship side in the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Friday.

Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed an investigation is under way after the 19-year-old Sweden Under-21 international received abuse via his Instagram account.

A statement read: “We can confirm that GMP are investigating an incident of racist abuse linked to a social media post which is believed to have been posted on Friday evening (4 February 2022), following the football match between Manchester United and Middlesborough FC.

“Enquiries are ongoing.

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Elanga was consoled by team-mates after his shoot-out miss (Martin Rickett/PA)

Elanga was consoled by team-mates after his shoot-out miss (Martin Rickett/PA)

Elanga was consoled by team-mates after his shoot-out miss (Martin Rickett/PA)

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

Instagram is reportedly conducting its own investigation and has removed a number of comments. The PA news agency has contacted the platform for comment.

United were beaten 8-7 in the penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

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