Support for Elanga after UEFA's racism decision

Tuesday 02 November 2021 09:30

The Swedish Football Federation is appealing UEFA's decision to stop their investigation into alleged racial abuse of Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga during a recent Under-21 international match.

Elanga spoke to match officials about the conduct of an opposition player when Sweden faced Italy last month, and the Swedish Football Federation notified UEFA about the incident.

However, UEFA have since opted not to bring the case to their disciplinary committee.

On Monday, the Swedish Football Federation released a statement about UEFA's decision, in which Elanga commented on the handling of the incident.

"I am, of course, very disappointed," the United player said.

"I know what I heard and what happened. I hope that the appeal can lead to something. I’m thankful for the support I have received from my team-mates and the Swedish Football Federation."

In the statement, Tobias Tibell, chief lawyer of the Swedish Football Federation, said they have Elanga's back and will not rest on the matter. 

"The Swedish Football Federation is handling this situation with the utmost seriousness," Tibell said. 

"It’s good and important that both our personnel and the player himself acted and told the match officials about what had happened. We think it’s disappointing that UEFA now have chosen not to take this further to their disciplinary committee. However, there is no doubt of what the player has heard and we will appeal the decision."

Manchester United are also disappointed with UEFA's decision and will give our full support to Anthony in this matter.