Brentford condemn online racist abuse of Toney

Soccer - Premier League - Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Soccer Football - Premier League - Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion - Brentford Community Stadium, London, Britain - October 14, 2022 Brentford's Ivan Toney celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Brentford have condemned racist abuse directed at striker Ivan Toney via a direct message on social media following the side's 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Toney shared images of the messages he received on Instagram, with the caption: "I wasn't even going to post this but I woke up angry".

Brentford said the abusive message was sent on Friday, after Toney scored twice in the match in West London.

"We condemn this discriminatory behaviour in the strongest possible terms. An attack on one of our players is an attack on all of us," Brentford said in a statement on Saturday.

"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."

Toney has been a key player for Brentford this season with eight goals and three assists in 11 games in all competitions for the West London club.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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