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Manchester United’s 19-year-old winger Anthony Elanga faces racist abuse after missing penalty

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Manchester United‘s 19-year-old winger Anthony Elanga was targeted with vile racist abuse after missing a penalty against Middlesbrough on Friday night. 

Elanga, the son of former Cameroon defender Joseph Elanga, was born in Sweden, played for Swedish side Malmo at a very early age and has represented the country’s Under-21s eight times.

The attempt led to United’s elimination from the FA Cup and a number of social media users commented hateful slurs and used monkey emojis on Elanga’s page.

Meta, the company which owns Instagram, revealed that they took down a number of comments and an investigation is ongoing.

Manchester United were taken to extra time at Old Trafford and Elanga came off the bench, with Ralf Rangnick bringing him on for Marcus Rashford in the 82nd minute.

The game finished 1-1 in normal time after Jadon Sancho’s opener was cancelled out by Matt Crooks. Neither side could find a winner in extra time and the penalty shootout went to sudden death.

Elanga was the unfortunate player to miss, hitting his spot kick over the bar.

He looked disconsolate on the pitch on Friday night and was consoled by team-mates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who also missed a penalty in the game.

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In similar circumstances to the Euro 2020 final, he was then subjected to horrendous racist abuse online, as Bukayo Saka, Rashford and Sancho were last year.

Sportsmail have contacted Greater Manchester Police for a response.

The lack of regulation by social media companies has become a hot topic in recent years with many players and fans wanting accountability for those who send messages online.

Troy Townsend, Head of Player Engagement at Football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out, tweeted: ‘A spokesperson for Instagram said, it has already removed a number of comments and its investigation is ongoing. Blah, blah, blah

‘Rolling out the obligatory statement to appease who??’

Unfortunately, this is by no means an isolated incident. Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe are two more United players to have been subjected to racist abuse in the last 12 months in addition to a number of other black players across the country.

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