The Swedish Football Association has confirmed that they have appealed against UEFA’s decision not to pursue allegations that Manchester United’s young Anthony Elanga was racistly beaten during a U21 match in October.
The 19-year-old is said to have been the subject of a racist comment from an Italian player during the match, where Swedish officials quickly raised a formal complaint and UEFA confirmed that they would investigate the matter.
However, UEFA has since completed its investigation and decided not to take the matter to its disciplinary committee, which led to a disappointed response from Sweden.
“The Swedish Football Association handles this situation with the utmost seriousness,” says the Swedish FA lawyer Tobias Tibell.
“It is good and important that both our staff and the player himself acted and told the match officials about what had happened. We think it is disappointing that UEFA has now chosen not to take this further to its disciplinary committee. However, no one advises doubts about what the player has heard and we will appeal the decision. “
United reiterated their support for Elanga in their own statement, while the teenager himself thanked those around him for their guidance.
“I am, of course, very disappointed,” said Elanga of UEFA’s ruling. “I know what I heard and what happened. I hope that the appeal can lead to something. I am grateful for the support I have received from my teammates and the Swedish Football Association.”
Elanga has been on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior lineup for a while, but has managed just 17 minutes of Carabao Cup action and has instead spent most of his time with United’s development side.
He has sat on the bench in all three of United’s Champions League matches so far, but has yet to make an appearance.