Ivan Toney: Brentford ‘disgusted’ by additional racist remarks made about the striker online
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal, Brentford claims they are “disgusted and saddened” by “abusive, racist texts” received to striker Ivan Toney.
The 26-year-old, who scored an equalizer at Emirates Stadium, reportedly received a flood of direct messages on his Instagram account, according to the club.
A man pleaded guilty to sending an insulting communication in January and expressed his regret to Toney in court.
How frequently must this occur? asked a Brentford statement.
“That Ivan has had to cope with this yet again disgusts and saddens us.
“We won’t stand for it, and we’ll do everything in our power to find and punish those responsible.”
Arsenal stated in a statement: “We support Ivan Toney and are collaborating with Brentford to find the senders of the racial slurs.
“At Arsenal, we abhor discrimination in any form and have a zero-tolerance policy. We will take the most severe measures against anyone we can identify who sends vile communications.”
When Toney posted an image of harassment he had experienced on Twitter in October, it prompted authorities to look into the matter.
Antonio Neill, 24, of Blyth, Northumberland, admitted sending Toney a derogatory message and will be sentenced the following month.
The statement continued, “We appeal on football fans around the world to enjoy the competition and rivalry that exists between us, but to appreciate and embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity that exists throughout the Premier League.”