Man Utd forward Elanga suffers racist abuse after penalty miss

Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga suffered racist abuse online after missing the decisive penalty in United’s shoot-out loss to Middlesbrough on Friday night.

Elanga struck his spot-kick over the bar to seal an 8-7 shootout success for the Sky Bet Championship side in the FA Cup fourth round clash at Old Trafford.

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Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was among those to highlight the abuse suffered by Elanga on Instagram in the aftermath of the defeat.

The teenager received a number of racist comments on his latest post on the social media platform.

The PA news agency has contacted Kick It Out and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, for a response.

Elanga, 19, has made nine appearances for United this season and scored one goal.

United team-mate Marcus Rashford, who was subjected to online racist abuse after missing a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy last summer, offered his support to Elanga, who was consoled by team-mates on the pitch after the match.

He said on Twitter: “Anthony Elanga. Get that head of yours up immediately.”

Ross County’s Regan Charles-Cook and Rangers’ Nnamdi Ofoborh have also suffered abuse this year.

Under new laws, racist football fans who troll players will be banned from matches in England and Wales for up to 10 years. The law is expected to be introduced as an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Football banning orders bar the individual from going to regulated football matches for three to 10 years. There are 1,359 orders in force across England and Wales, according to the latest Home Office figures.

Elsewhere, United boss Ralf Rangnick has claimed he would have loved to have Jesse Lingard available for the clash.

“With regard to Jesse, I told you what my information was and my knowledge was, and of course I would have loved to have Jesse in the squad.

“We were one outfield player less on the team sheet today, so why should I have allowed him to have four or five days off?

“I would have loved to have had him in the squad and be in the squad, but it was not the case and therefore it doesn’t make sense to speak about players who were not available.”

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