Brentford condemn disgusting racist abuse sent to Ivan Toney after Arsenal game

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Brentford have condemned a barrage of racist abuse sent to Ivan Toney on social media after the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

Toney scored the equaliser for the Bees as they secured a point at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

However, Brentford have now confirm that Toney received racist abuse via his Instagram account following the game.

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The 26-year-old has previously been the victim of racist abuse after the 2-0 win over Brighton in October, which he subsequently shared on social media.

Brentford released the following statement on Sunday:

“Immediately after Brentford’s game against Arsenal, Ivan Toney received a barrage of abusive, racist direct messages via his Instagram account.

“We are disgusted and saddened that Ivan has had to deal with this yet again. We will not tolerate it and we will do everything we can to pursue the individuals involved.

“Ivan was subject to similar abuse in October last year, and the perpetrator is now facing the consequences in court. How many times does this need to happen?

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“We call on football fans everywhere to relish the competition and rivalry that exists between us, but to respect and embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity that exists throughout the Premier League.

“There is no room for racism.”

The Premier League responded to Brentford’s statement with their own:

“No one should have to face abuse of the kind received by Ivan Toney. It has no place in football or society. We are supporting Ivan and the club with investigations.

“The Premier League condemns all forms of discrimination. Football is for everyone.”

It is expected that players will take a knee before games taking place between February 11 and February 19, as part of the Premier League’s No Room for Racism campaign.

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