Joachim Andersen says he has received between 300 and 400 abusive messages after Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez was sent off for headbutting the Crystal Palace defender on Monday Night Football.
Posting to his Instagram story, Andersen also included several examples of the abuse he suffered before ending with a message that he hopes Instagram and the Premier League can do something.
New Liverpool striker Nunez received a straight red card on his full debut following the incident involving Andersen in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Crystal Palace have spoken with the player to offer him their full support and the abuse will be reported to the police.
A spokesperson for Instagram parent company Meta said the organization is in contact with Andersen representatives as they cannot take action until DMs are informed through their in-app tools.
The spokesperson said: “We have strict rules against bullying and harassment and we are in direct contact with Joachim’s team on the matter.
“Because DMs are private spaces, we don’t proactively look for hate speech or bullying the same way we do in other places, and we need someone to report the message in the app before we can take action. Nothing will fix it.” this . challenge overnight, but we continue our work with industry and government to help keep our community safe from abuse.”
Sky Sports News has also sought a response from the Premier League.
Neville on Núñez Roja: It was a crazy moment
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on Monday Night Football:
“It’s a crazy moment. It’s a real ass, Andersen will feel it.
“We don’t know why he did it. I’ve done two or three things like this in my career. We don’t know why we reacted. We have no idea. We went out and thought, ‘what did I just do? Do’ – honestly. I was a fan at Everton and I did something similar in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s that red mist. It washes over you.
“When you get sent off like that, it’s the loneliest place in the world. You might have a prop man with you, but it’s horrible. You’re in that locker room and your teammates are on the field. You’ve left them.” down and you feel so bad.
“A player who’s been sent off you don’t need to say much to, because it’s horrible anyway and they take responsibility. He would have gone to the locker room to apologize for sure. The rest of the guys in that locker room will pick him up, because it’s a good locker room.”
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