Anthony Elanga: Manchester United forward alleges he was racially abused during Sweden Under-21s tie in Italy

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Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga has alleged that he was targeted by a racist comment from an opponent while away on international duty.

The incident is said to have occurred at U-Power stadium in Monza on Tuesday evening as Sweden’s Under-21 side drew 1-1 with Italy in a European Championship qualifier.

Sweden have verbally submitted a report to the referees and match delegates and will now await feedback before deciding how to proceed.

A statement on the Swedish FA’s official website said: “In connection with the Under-21 national team’s European Championship qualifier against Italy in Monza on Tuesday, Anthony Elanga has stated after the match that he has been subjected to a racist comment from an opponent in the Italian Under-21 national team.”

Sweden U21s boss Claes Eriksson said: “We have told our version of what happened and have submitted an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates.

“We are now waiting for feedback through the match report and the referee report. Once they have arrived, we decide how to proceed. Safety manager Martin Fredman is also informed of what has happened.

“No one should have to be exposed to racism, it is completely unacceptable. We all stand behind and support Anthony in this.”

Elanga - who has been with the club since the age of 12 - won the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award for Manchester United last year and signed a new long-term contract back in March.

He made his competitive senior debut for United against Leicester in May and subsequently started again and scored on the final day of the season at Wolves.

Elanga also came off the bench at Old Trafford during United’s defeat by West Ham in the third round of the Carabao Cup last month.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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