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Brentford striker Ivan Toney was racist after scoring against Arsenal


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Football Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Brentford – Emirates Stadium, London, UK – February 11, 2023 Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates scoring his first goal Action image via Reuters/ Matthew Childs

Brentford has condemned “a series of racist abuses” sent to striker Ivan Toney on social media after he scored the equalizer in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with leaders Arsenal.

Toney, who headed home in the 74th minute to save Leandro Trossard’s earlier strike, was also targeted earlier this season in October following Brentford’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

“Shortly after Brentford’s match against Arsenal, Ivan Toney received a series of abusive, racist messages via his Instagram account,” the club said on Sunday.

“We are disgusted and saddened that Ivan has to face this again.”

Arsenal said it was working with Brentford to identify those involved.

“We stand with Ivan Toney,” Arsenal said. “At Arsenal, we condemn all forms of discrimination and have zero tolerance. We will take the strongest possible action against anyone we can determine to have sent hate messages.”

Toney’s goal passed a lengthy VAR check but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta later questioned the decision, saying it should have been disallowed because of offside.

Referee organization PGMOL accepted on Sunday that it was a false call and one of two “serious errors” during the weekend’s matches.

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