Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has said he received ‘3-400’ messages of abuse in his Instagram DMs following Monday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The 26-year-old Denmark international was hit by a wild header from Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez in the second half of yesterday’s Premier League game at Anfield.Anderson fell to the ground and moments later referee Paul Tierney had no choice but to give Nunez a red card right away.
The Uruguayan will miss Monday’s clash against Manchester United through suspension.Andersen has since shared some of the sickening insults, including death threats, from rival supporters on his personal Instagram page.
He wrote: “I got maybe 3400 of these messages last night. I understand you’re supporting a team, but have some respect and stop acting cool 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 this.”
On Tuesday morning, Andersen posted a total of 17 screenshots of his Instagram direct messages.He called Nunez’s decision to headbutt him after the final whistle “really stupid”.”I sat very close to him the whole game, annoyed him a lot and played well against him. I think that’s why he was a little mad at me,” Andersen said.”In that situation, he headbutted me, the first, on a cross and I told him not to do that. I was mad at him. Then he did it again, which to me is really stupid. A clear red card.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp condemned Nunez’s actions in his post-match interview.”Darwin knows [he let his teammates down]. I’ll talk to him. It’s not a reaction we want to see,” said the German.