UEFA is investigating the alleged racist abuse of Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga by an Italy Under-21 player earlier this week.
A statement from the governing body read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incidents which allegedly occurred during the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying match between Italy and Sweden played on 12 October 2021.”
Elanga reported the incident after the match to the Swedish FA.
The 19-year-old alleged he was subject to a racist comment from an opponent in the Italy team.
At the time, Sweden Under-21 manager Claes Eriksson said: “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.”
The match, a UEFA Under-21 Euros qualifier, finished as a 1-1 draw, with Sweden scoring a last-minute equaliser in Monza.
“No one should have to be exposed to racism, it is completely unacceptable. We all stand behind and support Anthony in this,” added Eriksson.
Elanga, who made his first-team debut at United last season, has featured once for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this campaign, coming on as a substitute in EFL Cup defeat to West Ham last month.