Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has said he received death threats directed at him and his family after Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez headbutted him in Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw that resulted in his being sent off. striker at Anfield.
The striker received a straight red card after heading Andersen in the second half with Liverpool trailing after Wilfried Zaha’s goal.
The hosts managed to salvage a point after Luis Dias’ surprising equalizer, but the result leaves Liverpool winless after two games, in 12th place, and fans expressed their frustration by contacting Andersen on Instagram, where he highlighted the abusive messages that had received. .
“I got maybe 3-400 of these messages last night. I understand you support a team, but have a little respect and stop. [acting] hard online,” Andersen said before sharing screenshots of abuse and death threats in his inbox.
“I hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about it.”
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Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has urged Nunez to learn from his mistake after being sent off on his home debut.
“He has to control himself, definitely,” Van Dijk told reporters after the match. “He has to manage himself. He has to know that these things can happen, especially in the Premier League.
“It will be a learning curve for him and hopefully it will never happen again. Obviously he was disappointed and probably with himself as well.”
“But it’s a learning curve and we’ll always have his back. He has our back and he knows it shouldn’t happen again and hopefully it will.”
Nunez, who joined from Benfica for an initial fee of €75m, will be banned for three matches and will miss Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United next week.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who had responded to Nunez’s criticism before the match, now faces a striker crisis with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota already out through injury.
“It’s really complicated at a time with injuries and players with little things and how you handle them and all that kind of stuff,” Klopp said in his post-match interview.
“We have to use next week to maybe bring one or two back. I’m not sure if we can do that. But now we lost Darwin today. That doesn’t help. Bobby [Firmino] could be ready by next week,” he added.
Information from Reuters was included in this report.