Crystal Palace centre-back Joachim Andersen has revealed the shocking abuse he has received since Monday night's clash with Liverpool man Darwin Nunez.
The Danish defender was headbutted by Liverpool's new signing, resulting in Nunez being sent off.
Some Liverpool fans and pundits thought that Andersen's reaction was unnecessarily over-the-top, but the widespread consensus was that it was an idiotic move from Darwin, worthy of a red card.
Palace and Liverpool would go on to play out a 1-1 draw at Anfield, an impressive result for the Londoners. It has been sadly overshadowed by the shocking abuse received by Joachim Andersen in the aftermath of the game, and he shared a selection of it on his social media - including some horrifying death threats.
Joachim Andersen reveals horrifying abuse after Darwin Nunez incident
Darwin Nunez completely lost his head on Monday, as he fell prone to Joachim Andersen's provocation and headbutted the Palace man, receiving a red card on his home debut for Liverpool.
A moment of madness from Darwin Núñez and he's shown a straight red card! 🤯pic.twitter.com/lxxcTam22U
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) August 15, 2022
Andersen was crucial in Palace claiming a 1-1 draw, but his provocation of Nunez and subsequent reaction to the headbutt had some Liverpool fans unhappy.
Some fans, however, took a completely unacceptable stance in their reactions, reaching out directly to Andersen and sharing some horrifying abuse with the Danish defender.
On Tuesday morning, Andersen shared the following statement to his Instagram story:
Got maybe 3-400 of these messages last night. I understand you support a team but have some respect and stop act tough online.
Hope @instagram and the @premierleague do something about this.
The subsequent screenshots shared by Andersen were nothing short of shocking.
He shared 17 examples of the abuse he had suffered, including several death threats and some which implicated his family.
The reaction from this small section of fans can only be described as horrifying, and Andersen has done the right thing in sharing these vile messages.
The messages can be viewed on Andersen's Instagram account here - but we do warn that some of them are shockingly graphic threats and intimidations.
Joachim Andersen’s game by numbers vs Liverpool:
100% ground duels won
100% aerial duels won
100% tackle success rate
65% pass accuracy
Back-to-back brilliant performance against Arsenal & Liverpool. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/pAWjSFhirH
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 15, 2022
The increasing regularity with which these kinds of incidents are happening in the world of sport is concerning, and Joachim Andersen's speed in speaking up about this scary incident has to be commended.
This incident has certainly drawn a cloud over week two of the Premier League, at a time when Andersen should be celebrating a terrific performance and hard-earned point away to one of the best teams in Europe.