Brentford condemns backbone racial abuse and monkey emojis sent to their players Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo on Instagram after a goalless draw with Birmingham
- Brentford players Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo sent racist messages via Instagram after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham City
- Both players sent monkey and banana emojis by the same anonymous user
- Championship club slammed the ‘spineless’ racist abuse in a Twitter post
- It is the second time Championship top scorer Toney has been abused this year
- Toney is simply the latest player to receive racist messages on social media
Brentford has condemned the ‘spineless’ racist abuse against striker Ivan Toney on Instagram in the wake of Tuesday’s goalless draw against Birmingham City.
Championship top scorer Toney posted a screenshot of an offensive message sent to him by Instagram user ‘alexw1422’ featuring banana and monkey emojis. He wrote, “Honestly, I’m done.”
The striker also shared a screenshot of a similar message sent by the same anonymous user to his Brentford teammate Bryan Mbeumo. The French winger had shared the post with the message, “When will it end?”
Brentford striker Ivan Toney received racist messages on Instagram after a goalless draw with Birmingham City on Tuesday evening
Toney shared a screenshot of the posts, which feature monkey and banana emojis
Toney also posted a screenshot of a similar message from the same user that was sent to Bryan Mbeumo
Brentford condemned the abuse sent to their players via a Twitter message.
They wrote: “We stand behind Ivan, and all those who are still being abused online. We are shocked to see even more spine-less, racist abuse against Ivan tonight on Instagram.
‘This has to stop. Now.’
Toney, 25, was also targeted by Instagram in January, posting a screenshot of a post referring to him as the N-word. The user has been removed from the platform.
Brentford condemned the ‘flabby’ abuse sent to their players in a tweet on Tuesday
Mbeumo (right) also played in Brentford’s goalless draw against Birmingham on Tuesday-evening
The two teams stood together behind an anti-racism message on Tuesday
He was also the victim of racial abuse on social media in 2019 while playing for Peterborough United.
Toney was unable to increase his 28 championship goals this season as Brentford had to settle for a fourth straight draw in another blow for their hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League.
He’s just the latest footballer to receive an insulting message on social media platforms. Manchester United midfielder Fred, Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez and West Brom’s Callum Robinson have all fallen victim in recent weeks.