Brentford forward Ivan Toney believes the racist abuse directed towards his family members is disgusting. Toney and his teammate Rico Henry’s family were subjected to racist abuse during their 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League. Everton confirmed that they are working with the Merseyside Police to help identify the individual. Brentford came from behind twice after the hosts were reduced to 10 men.

“I never usually speak out on things that don’t physically harm me or my family but to see my mom upset after being racially abused by a few Everton fans brought fire to my stomach! I will do anything for them & whatever it takes to get the small minority punished! This is not acceptable & must be investigated immediately,” Brentford forward Ivan Toney said. “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. 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, experienced 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 against someone by the color of their skin or whatever,” he added. “We can’t paint all the Everton fans the same way, I’m sure it’s just one, silly individual and the embarrassment of it is I believe his son had to grab him away from doing further damage. It’s just disgusting and we need to put an end to it as soon as possible.”

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