Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga was subjected to alleged racist abuse by an opposing player while in action for Sweden’s Under-21 side against Italy on Tuesday.

Sweden were playing in an Under-21 European Championship qualifier in Monza. The match ended 1-1 and Elanga played the full 90 minutes. However, one of the Italian players allegedly made a racist comment towards the winger during the contest, prompting a formal complaint to the match officials and delegates.

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A statement from the Sweden coach Claes Eriksson explained: “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.”

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19-year-old Elanga has been on the fringes of the United first team since the start of last season when he was given a chance in a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.

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