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Crystal Palace defender Andersen receives death threats after Núñez red card

Joachim Andersen has hit out at social media trolls after receiving a torrent of abuse after Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace is helped by Harvey Elliott of Liverpool after Darwin Nunez (not pictured) was given a red card during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on August 15, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has highlighted the torrent of abuse he has received on social media following the club’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Danish defender was involved in one of the biggest flashpoints of the game, when he was headbutted by Reds forward Darwin Núñez, who was subsequently given a red card. Andersen was able to get under the skin of the Uruguayan, leading to a rise in frustrations and ultimately to Núñez’s angry reaction after the pair clashed in the penalty box.

While Liverpool were able to cancel out Wilfried Zaha’s opener through a Luis Díaz strike, the draw leaves them without a win from their opening two Premier League matches of the season and Andersen was a target for trolls on social media after the game.

Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace lays on the ground after being headbutted by Darwin Núñez
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Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace lays on the ground after being headbutted by Darwin NúñezRobbie Jay Barratt - AMAGetty

Death threats and abusive messages

Revealing the abuse on Instagram, Andersen shared 17 images including death threats and abusive messages while urging football’s governing bodies to take action. “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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