crystal palace Defender Joachim Andersen says he received ‘3-4,000’ messages of abuse in his Instagram DMs after Monday’s 1-1 draw against liverpool.
The 26-year-old Denmark international was the victim of a wild header from Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez in the second half of last night’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
Anderson fell to the ground and moments later referee Paul Tierney had no choice but to hand Nunez a straight red card.
Andersen has since taken over personal instagram page to share some of the disgusting abuse, which includes death threats, from rival supporters.
He wrote: “I got maybe 3-4000 of these messages last night. I understand you’re supporting a team but have some respect and stop acting harsh online.”
After posting screenshots of the direct messages, the former Lyon and Sampdoria defender said: “I hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about it.”
On Tuesday morning, Andersen posted a total of 17 screenshots from his Instagram direct messages. you can see them here.
He called Nunez’ decision to headbutt him “really stupid” after the final whistle.
“The whole game I sat very close to him, annoyed him a lot and did well against him. I think that’s why he was a little mad at me,” Anderson said. Viaplay.
“In that situation, he headbutted me, the first, to a cross, and I told him he shouldn’t do that. I was angry with him. Then he did it again which is, to me, really stupid. A clear red card.
“Darwin knows [he let his teammates down]. I’m going to talk to him. It wasn’t a reaction we wanted to see,” the German told Sky Sports.
“He knew he would be challenged in this way, the centre-halves will, but that’s not a reaction we want. But we will use the time productively.
“We will use suspension for physical work to make him strong – not a punishment but to make him stronger.”
🗣️ “That’s not how he should behave”
Jürgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace and Darwin Núñez’s red card 🟥 pic.twitter.com/j4zH1Uvveq
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 15, 2022
Nunez’s teammate James Milner also reacted to the incident at full time.
“He [Nunez] going to be disappointed with that,” the midfielder said. “We have to get around it and rally. He will learn from it. The team reacted well and the field reacted and got behind us.
“We could have done it, but it wasn’t. Good teams react to disappointments and stick together. You see the preparation for the season and the fight.
“We’ve had a difficult week and the preparations haven’t been ideal. No one can deny that we have a fighting spirit.”