Onana Supports Teammate Amid Emoji
|Andre Onana of Manchester United celebrates after saving a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and F.C. Copenhagen at Old Trafford on October 24, 2023 in Manchester, England(Image-Getty)
In an interview, Manchester United's talented goalkeeper, Andre Onana, passionately defended his teammate, Alejandro Garnacho, after the latter faced backlash for using gorilla emojis in a recent social media post. Garnacho, a 19-year-old football player, had shared a picture of himself and Onana celebrating the latter's incredible save of an injury-time penalty against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, accompanied by the controversial emojis. Though Garnacho swiftly deleted the post, reports emerged that the Football Association (FA) had been alerted and had reached out to Garnacho.
Responding to the situation, Onana took to the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, emphasizing that people should not dictate what should or should not be considered offensive. He interpreted Garnacho's use of the emojis as a representation of power and strength, calling for the matter to be laid to rest.
Despite the FA's involvement, Garnacho has remained silent about the incident and has refrained from commenting on either the deleted post or the FA's contact.
The incident occurred following Manchester United's triumph in the Champions League Group A match at their home ground against FC Copenhagen, securing a 1-0 victory with a crucial header from Harry Maguire. Onana's heroics in the dying moments of the match, saving Jordan Larsson's penalty, were instrumental in preventing United from potentially dropping two crucial points.