Manchester United starlet Anthony Elanga endures vile racism on social media following Middlesbrough penalty miss
According to The Mirror, Manchester United starlet, Anthony Elanga was on the receiving end of vile racism online after he endured a penalty miss against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round. His side lost the match on the night as a result.
The cup tie ended 1-1 after full time through goals from Jadon Sancho and Matt Crooks. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the first half, whereas Man United had many chances to put the match to bed before it went to extra time. The game eventually needed a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
Boro scored their first eight penalties, whereas the Red Devils did so the same seven times, with Elanga set to take the eighth one. Unfortunately, he skied it, resulting in his side getting handed a FA Cup upset in the fourth round. What made it worse was the disgusting abuse that followed the miss on social media.
Marcus Rashford issued his support to the 19-year-old while Aberdeen star Jay Emmanuel-Thomas called out the sickening act. Meta, the company that manages Instagram, eventually gave an update through a spokesperson to Sky Sports via The Mirror, claiming that the comments were taken down.
There is a sentiment in this modern world that racism has been dealt with to an extent. However, there have been many cases like this, indicating that it is far from the case. The situation was the same following the 2020 Euro final when Rashford and his two other compatriots suffered similar acts following their penalty misses.
The pattern is the same, indicating that such vile individuals are hiding among us, waiting for instances to express their disgusting sentiments. The Swedish star should not have gone through these racist abuses, and the perpetrators must be punished at all costs.
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If we are truly invested in clearing the mess, harsh action must be taken going forward. While targeted harassment is absolutely wrong, it does not matter if that is against people who indulge in such acts. If that means releasing the identity of the responsible people, then the officials must do just that.
Let’s hope that the foul people behind these comments are punished with the utmost regard for making an example of it. We issue our full support to Anthony Elanga in this case while hoping that he gets justice for what he has suffered.