Andre Onana Defends Alejandro Garnacho Over “Racist” Social Media Post

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    Andre Onana has come out to defend Manchester United teammate Alejandro Garnacho over a “Racist” social media post made by the Argentine winger.

    What has happened to Andre Onana?

    The former Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper was the hero for Manchester United on Tuesday night, 25th of October, following his performance against Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League matchday 3.

    Since the goalkeeper joined the Old Trafford outfit during the summer transfer window, he has been the talk of the town due to his low start to life at Man United.

    The Cameroonian has come under intense pressure this season after replacing David de Gea as the Red Devils No. 1.

    However, the moment of redemption came for the former Inter Milan shot-stopper whose true transfer fee was justified this week.

    Manchester United hosted Denmark club side Copenhagen at Old Trafford for their 2023/2024 European campaign where Harry Maguire handed the home team a victory to secure their first three points since the beginning of the tournament.

    Meanwhile, the visitors were handed a great chance to take a share of the spoils after being awarded a penalty towards the end of the game.

    Man United were punished through Scott McTominay’s dangerous challenge on Mohamed Elyounoussi at the back of the post.

    Copenhagen forward, Jordan Larsson stepped up to take the spot-kick and later witnessed his strike being denied by United goalkeeper Andre Onana.

    The save came as a joyful moment at Old Trafford where all members of the team went directly to the Cameroon international hugging and praising him for his outstanding performance in the match.

    Andre Onana has defended teammate Alejandro Garnacho after the Argentine player used gorilla emojis in a post about the goalkeeper.

    The 19-year-old winger posted a later deleted photo of Man United players congratulating Onana after his penalty save in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 victory over Copenhagen.

    Garnacho took to his X (formerly Twitter) to post two gorilla emojis with no caption and was quick to delete the post but it had already been widely shared.

    Andre Onana

    The media post could land the winger in hot water with the Football Association but Onana has defended his teammate.

    Onana took to the same platform and wrote; “People cannot choose what I should be offended by”.

    “I know exactly what @agarnacho7 meant: power & strength. This matter should go no further”.

    Meanwhile, Garnacho was also indicted of ‘childish behavior’ during their victory on Tuesday night for his actions before the penalty was taken.

    In a video replay, Garnacho was filmed scuffing up the penalty area when the rest of his teammates were busy arguing with the center referee before the spot-kick was taken.

    Former Manchester United players charged by FA for making racial slurs on social media sites.

    Edison Cavani was banned for three matches and fined £100,000 in 2020 for using the Spanish phrase “Gracias negrito” which means “thanks little black” – below a friend’s Instagram post while at Manchester United.

    The former PSG striker also went through a two-hour face-to-face training course for a comment believed to be a term of endearment in his country Uruguay.

    Bernardo Silva was also part of the punishment in 2019 and was handed a one-match ban plus £50,000 fine by the FA for his tweet to the then Man City teammate Benjamin Mendy.

    Silva tweeted a picture of a young Mendy with an image of the cartoon brand mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos, with the caption “Guess who”?

    Cavani and Silva were both punished by the FA after deleting their comments.

    However, despite Onana’s declarations, Garnacho could fall foul of rules regarding racial abuse on social media posts.

    What’s next for Andre Onana?

    Andre Onana

    The former Inter Milan goalkeeper will be in action again for Man United against Manchester City in the English Premier League on Sunday, 29th of October.

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