Brentford FC has strongly condemned the recent racist abuse directed at their striker Ivan Toney, labeling it as “vile harassment.”
This is not the first time Toney has been subjected to such abuse on social media platforms, and the club expressed frustration at the lack of meaningful action taken by social media companies in response to such incidents.
In their statement, Brentford highlighted a previous case of racist abuse directed at Toney, which was reported to authorities, but no action was taken against the perpetrator.
The club emphasized the need for real consequences for those responsible for online abuse and called for prosecution of anyone found to have posted racist comments.
The statement criticized the response of social media platforms, noting that current solutions like filters to hide abuse are insufficient and do not deter offenders. Brentford urged for more decisive and urgent action from social media companies to combat online hate, including prompt investigations and criminal prosecutions.
Despite the challenges, the club expressed hope for change and pledged to continue working with authorities and the Premier League to support their players and tackle online abuse.