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“Have some respect and stop acting tough online”- Joachim Andersen calls out trolls after clashing with Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez

After receiving a barrage of abuse following Crystal Palace's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on social media, Joachim Andersen has lashed out at the trolls.

Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has brought attention to the barrage of criticism he has faced on social media in the wake of the team’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

When Reds forward Darwin Nunez headbutted Andersen and was sent off, the Danish defender was a part of one of the game’s biggest flashpoints. The Uruguayan became increasingly irritated after Andersen managed to get under his skin, which in turn sparked Nunez’s angry response when the two collided in the penalty area.

Even though Luis Diaz helped Liverpool equalize Wilfried Zaha’s opening goal, the draw leaves them winless through their first two Premier League games of the year, and Andersen became the target of online trolls after the game. Andersen shared 17 images, including death threats and abusive messages, on Instagram to reveal the abuse and call for action from the football governing bodies.

“Got maybe 300 to 400 of these messages last night. I understand you support a team but have some respect and stop acting tough online,” he said. “I hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about this.”

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Social Media abuse has been on a high against players with ethnic backgrounds amidst latest Joachim Andersen-Darwin Nunez incident

"Have some respect and stop acting tough online"- Joachim Andersen calls out trolls after clashing with Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez 2

Footballer abuse on social media has been well-documented in recent years, and calls for tougher measures to be taken have been heard frequently. Following racial taunts directed at England footballers Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford after their missed penalty in the European Championship final against Italy last year, a man was given an eight-week suspended custody sentence on Tuesday.

English clubs announced a social media boycott in April of last year in response to the harassment and bullying of footballers, analysts, and other community members.

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