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15th Oct 2022

Ivan Toney shares sickening racist abuse received after Brentford brace

Callum Boyle

Ivan Toney

‘I woke up angry’

Brentford forward Ivan Toney has shared a message in which he was racially abused just hours after Brentford beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night.

Toney scored a brace as Thomas Frank’s side beat Brighton 2-0. His first was a lovely, flicked finish before securing the win with a trademark penalty from the spot as the Bees ended a run of three games without a win.

Despite receiving plaudits for yet another impressive display, the night was marred as the forward was subjected to a racially abusive message.

Toney posted screenshots of a message sent to him on Instagram on Saturday morning, tweeting: “I wasn’t even going to post this but I woke up angry…”

The message isn’t the first time Toney has been subjected to racist abuse during his time at Brentford. In May, the families of Toney and teammate Rico Henry were victims of a racial attack.

“You don’t expect that in this day and age at a football match to happen to anybody, let alone your parents, that are coming to support you – mine and Rico’s parents,” he told Sky Sports.

“Off the back of winning, you’re just thinking about getting the three points and it was a good feeling. Hearing that straight away, you switch to anger and being upset that your family, which has come to support you all those miles, experience that straight after a victory.

“It’s sad that I’m still having to sit here and talk about racism without my family just going to a game like any normal person and having a normal day.

“Emotions sometimes get the better of people but it should never come out that is a reason for being racist. You can be angry with certain results but never should you jump to discriminate someone by the colour of their skin or whatever.”

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