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Ivan Toney: Brentford to report racist abuse of striker on social media to the police

Jack Rosser
·2-min read
<p>Brentford striker Ivan Toney was targeted by racial abuse on Instagram </p> (Getty Images)

Brentford striker Ivan Toney was targeted by racial abuse on Instagram

(Getty Images)

Brentford will report racist abuse directed at striker Ivan Toney to the police.

Toney posted a screenshot on Instagram of abuse he had received from a user on the social media platform.

Brentford have given their support to Toney, who is the joint-top scorer in the Championship this season with 16 goals, and said they would work with the police and Instagram to try and identify the individual involved.

The person in question has since been banned from Instagram.

A Brentford statement said: “Brentford FC were made aware last night of striker Ivan Toney being racially abused on Instagram. Once the club were told of the abuse, a complaint was immediately made to the social media provider.

“Individual club staff also reported the abuse and Brentford FC notes that Instagram has banned the user from its platform and removed the post. The club will also be reporting the abuse to the police and other relevant authorities.

“Player welfare staff made contact with Ivan Toney last night. We will work with him and give him any support he needs. Any steps that Ivan wants to take against the perpetrator will have our full support and we will work with Instagram and the police to try and identify the individual involved, taking action against them if possible.

"We were pleased to see the firm response from Kick It Out to the abuse. The club has a close relationship with Kick It Out, the FA and other organisations that, like us, believe in increasing the diversity and inclusivity of football.

“We will do all we can to work with them to rid football of hateful and discriminatory behaviour. It is often difficult to identify the perpetrators, but we hope that with the assistance of social media platforms this will change over time.

“Brentford FC has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour of any kind.”

The Press Association also reported on Tuesday that two Brentford season-ticket holders have been banned by the club for breaches of their social media policy on Christmas Eve.