Brentford Respond To Racial Abuse Against Striker Ivan Toney. Ivan Toney, a striker for Brentford, received “disgusting, racist abuse” after scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Friday.
Toney posted a screenshot of a direct message he received on Instagram and wrote on Twitter: “I wasn’t even going to post this but I woke up angry”.
I wasn’t even going to post this but I woke up angry… pic.twitter.com/2MhjRO05rr
— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) October 15, 2022
The Bees issued a statement in which they declared their strongest possible disapproval of the discrimination.
“An attack on one of our players is an attack on all of us,” the club said.
“Ivan will receive the full backing from the club and from the Brentford fans who we have already seen condemning the abuse.
“We expect strong support from the police, legal authorities and from Instagram’s parent company, Meta, to ensure that the individual involved faces the full force of the law for this despicable hate crime.”
CLUB STATEMENT: Ivan Toney
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 15, 2022
Brentford continued by saying that the police and other pertinent authorities had all been notified. Following Brentford’s 3-2 victory against Everton in the previous season, Rico Henry and teammate Toney claimed in May that their families had experienced racial abuse at Goodison Park.
Brentford defeated Brighton to get back to winning ways thanks to goals from Toney, who also scored a penalty in the second half.
As part of the Premier League’s No Room For Racism campaign, players kneeled before the start of every Premier League game between October 8 and October 16 to demonstrate their solidarity against all forms of racism.
Toney was included in the England team for the September Nations League matches against Germany and Italy, but Gareth Southgate did not deploy him.