Manchester United’s Elanga has been racially abused online over FA Cup penalty shootout loss to Middlesbrough on Friday.
According to a spokeswoman for Meta, the company that runs Instagram, where the abuse occurred, the firm has already removed a number of comments on Elanga’s page and is continuing its investigation.
Elanga missed the game-winning penalty in a 7-8 shootout loss to Middlesbrough, as United were knocked out of the FA Cup after the game ended 1-1 after extra time at Old Trafford.
Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas uploaded photos of the racist abuse Elanga received on Instagram after the game, writing, “Sooo easy to foresee…”
Manchester United has been eliminated from the FA Cup fourth round.
Despite Manchester United’s domination, Middlesbrough knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup in a tense 1-1 tie at Old Trafford, which ended in a 7-8 penalty shootout.
Following a high-quality shootout in which both teams converted 15 consecutive penalty kicks, Anthony Elanga fired the final penalty over the bar and into the Stretford End, eliciting tremendous delight from the 9,000-strong crowd.
United had previously dominated the game, with 30 efforts to Middlesbrough’s six, but Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the 20th minute after a foul on the returning Paul Pogba, setting the tone for a wasteful performance.
Middlesbrough had advanced for only the second time in 11 Premier League encounters, following a similarly unexpected success over Manchester City in 2015.
United will be irritated by Middlesbrough’s disputed equalizer, which was scored by Matt Crooks after Duncan Watmore was obviously handled in the build-up.
They only had themselves to blame for a game in which they had 30 shots on goal, the most apparent of which came when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the first half.
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