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Palace's Andersen receives death threats after clash with Liverpool's Nunez

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Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen said he received a number of death threats and up to 400 hostile messages after playing a role in getting Liverpool star Darwin Nunez sent off during Monday's 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Nunez appeared to headbutt Andersen after the two came face to face in Palace's penalty area. The Uruguayan, who joined Liverpool from Benfica for €75 million, faces a three-match suspension for violent conduct.

Fans directed much of their anger toward Andersen and his family, accusing him of winding up Nunez over the course of the match.

"Got maybe 3-400 of these messages last night. I understand you support a team but have some respect and stop (acting) tough online," Andersen wrote Tuesday on Instagram. "Hope Instagram and the Premier League do something about this."

A spokesperson for Meta, Instagram's parent company, told the Press Association the social media giant is in contact with Andersen's representatives. Andersen has also contacted police.

The Premier League has campaigned against the rise in abuse on social media. In March, it reportedly opened 400 investigations into abusive behavior. Another study revealed earlier this month that seven in 10 Premier League players receive abuse on Twitter.

The British government recently postponed discussions over a new bill that would require social media companies to take preventive action against those who use abusive language online. The proposal would mandate a minimum fine of £18 million for any failure to do so.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp argued Andersen had provoked Nunez but admitted the 23-year-old had "let his teammates down" by reacting to the Danish center-back. Andersen also received a yellow card from referee Paul Tierney.

"It was not a reaction we want to see," Klopp added. "He knows he will be challenged in this way, center-halves will do that, but it's not a reaction we want."

Palace's Andersen receives death threats after clash with Liverpool's Nunez
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