Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen said he has received death threats directed at him and his family after he was headbutted by Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez in Monday night’s English Premier League 1-1 draw.
Nunez was shown a straight red card after headbutting Andersen in the second half with Liverpool trailing following Wilfried Zaha’s strike.
The hosts managed to salvage a point after Luis Dias’ stunning equaliser but the result leaves Liverpool winless after two games.
And fans vented their frustration by contacting Andersen on Instagram, where he highlighted the abusive messages he had received.
Andersen said before sharing screenshots of abuse and death threats in his inbox:
Got maybe 3-400 of these messages last night. I understand you support a team but have some respect and stop [acting] tough online.
Hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about this.
Sources close to Palace have indicated that the abuse is likely to be reported to the police.
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has urged Nunez to learn from his mistake following the sending off on his home debut.
Van Dijk told reporters after last night’s game:
He has to control himself, definitely. “He has to manage himself. He has to be knowing 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 also probably with himself.
But it’s a learning curve and we will always back him. He’s got the backing from us and he knows it should not happen again and hopefully it will be that way.
Nunez, who joined from Benfica for an initial fee of €75million, will be suspended for three games and will miss Liverpool’s clash at Manchester United next week.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who had hit back at Nunez’s critics before the game, is now facing a striker crisis with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota already missing through injury.