Sweden denounces racism against an under-21

A player from the national soccer team Sweden U21 claimed he was racially abused by an opponent in a qualifying match for the Eurocup against Italy. Anthony Elanga, a forward who plays for Manchester United, said he received a racist comment at Tuesday’s game in Monza, the Swedish football association said on Wednesday.

«We have told our version of what happened and we have presented an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates,» said Claes Eriksson, coach of the Swedish Under-21 team. «We are now awaiting comments via the match report and the referee’s report. Once they have arrived, we will decide how to proceed.»

Sweden scored the final 1-1 in injury time of the second half. «No one should be exposed to racism, it is completely unacceptable,» Eriksson said. «We all endorse and support Anthony in this.»

The 19-year-old Elanga has played a game for United this season, as a substitute in the game against West Ham in the English FA Cup.