Brentford has strongly denounced the “vile harassment” directed at Ivan Toney, the England striker, following a recent incident of online racist abuse.
The Premier League club Brentford has criticized the response of social media companies to online harassment, describing it as “underwhelming.”
Brentford star Ivan Toney has previously faced racist comments on Instagram posts but Brentford is now urging for more decisive action to be taken following this latest occurrence.
“We are angered and frustrated to report that Ivan Toney has been subjected to racist abuse on Instagram once more,” a club statement read.
“We have initiated investigations into this vile harassment which we condemn in the strongest terms.
“Sadly, this isn’t the first time Ivan has had to deal with this. A similar incident occurred just four weeks ago, leading us to identify an alleged perpetrator whom we reported to the authorities. To date, we have yet to see any action taken against that individual.”
Brentford calls for action in cases like Ivan Toney’s
The Bees demand that anyone who has posted racist comments be prosecuted and help bring an end to such incidents in the future.
“In general, the response from social media platforms to these ongoing issues has been underwhelming,” the statement continued.
“Their solutions, such as filters to simply hide the abuse may safeguard the players, miss the mark entirely and do not discourage the offenders. Without real consequences for those responsible, the cycle is doomed to repeat.
“We do have faith that things can change. We appreciate the dialogue that we have with the likes of Meta but we call for more decisive and urgent action to combat online hate. And We call for prompt investigations, and importantly, we call for criminal prosecutions.
“We will continue to work with the authorities and the Premier League and to support our players as we tackle this awful online abuse.”