Crystal Palace player receives ‘death threats’ after Darwin Nunez red card

Crystal Palace signed Andersen from Lyon in July 2021/ Credit” Getty Images

Joachim Andersen has received more than 400 abusive messages on Instagram – including sickening death treats – after Darwin Nunez was sent off on Monday night.

Liverpool striker Nunez, 23, was shown his marching orders by referee Paul Tierney after lashing out at the Crystal Palace defender during the side’s 1-1 draw at Anfield. The Uruguayan was making his home debut for the Reds after his £85million move from Portuguese side Benfica in June.

At the time, Palace were leading on Merseyside thanks to Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal. A stunning strike from Luis Diaz managed to salvage a 1-1 draw for Liverpool, leaving them four points behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

On Tuesday, Denmark international Andersen called on the Premier League and Instagram to take action, as he revealed some of the dire messages he had been sent in the aftermath of the fixture.

“Got maybe 3-400 of these messages last night,” revealed Andersen on Tuesday. “I understand you support a team but have some respect and stop act tough online [sic].”

Andersen then provided some screenshots of the messages (warning, they contain strong language and death threats). “F*** you,” read one message. “I will kill you. You and your family. F*** you tomorrow. See you. You will died [sic].”

Darwin Nunez was sent off on Monday night ( Image: REUTERS)

Another read: “So you shout, shove and point at someone, but fall down like a little pathetic b**** when they turn round and stand up to you? What a small little child you are. Pathetic little b**** boy. Fell down like a b****, don’t act big only to fall down like the little rat you are.”

A third stated: “You’re a f****** s*** stirring little c*** mate should’ve been you that got the red card you f****** Swedish waste of space you’re f****** s*** [sic, Andersen is Danish].”

“I hop you have a long life full of pain for u and ur family u f****** c*** [sic],” said another, while a fifth declared: “You cheating b****** yer deserved to have yer jaw broken yer scummy c*** hope yer snap yer ankle and are out for the rest of the season your s**** [sic].”

Another read: “Hope you die in hell and your f****** country. You f****** deserved that headbutt big time you f****** stupid Danish imbecile c***.”

Andersen published more abusive messages in other languages on his Instagram story. He added: “Hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about this.”

Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace is consoled by Marc Guehi after a challenge which resulted in a red card from Darwin Nunez ( Image: Getty Images)

It’s believed the Premier League are aware of Andersen’s complaint and will contact Palace to offer their support.

Virgil van Dijk insists Nunez has the full backing of the Reds’ squad despite his red-mist moment – but has warned it must never happen again.

“Obviously he was disappointed and also probably with himself but it’s a learning curve and obviously we will always back him,” Van Dijk said.

“He’s got the backing from us and he knows it should not happen again and hopefully it will be that way.

“He has to control himself, definitely. I think that’s a separate thing. 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.”