BRENTFORD striker Ivan Toney has revealed he has been feeling “a lot of anger” after Everton fans were accused of racially abusing his family.
Toney, 26, and Bees team-mate Rico Henry, 24, both claimed their families had been subjected to vile racist abuse after Brentford beat the Toffees 3-2 on Sunday.
Ivan Toney told Sky Sports he was feeling “a lot of anger” after allegedly being racially abused
The 12-goal striker took to Twitter after the game, claiming a man had abused his family.
Left-back Henry meanwhile said on social media that his mum had been left “upset” after allegedly being targeted by a “few Everton fans”.
Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating, with Everton assisting in their enquiries.
Speaking on the alleged incident to Sky Sports this evening ahead of the club’s end of season awards ceremony, Toney was asked how his family were coping.
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He said: “They’re fine, my mum and my family stayed strong for me because they knew how I’d react to it, but you don’t expect that in this day and age at a football match.
“To anybody, let alone your parents who are coming to support you. Mine and Rico’s parents.
When quizzed on his feelings from incident, Toney replied: “Obviously there’s a lot of anger. Off the back of winning, you’re just thinking about getting the three points and it was a good feeling.”
“Then hearing that straight away, you just switch to anger and being upset that you’re family that has come to support you all those miles have experienced that straight after a victory.
“It’s sad that we still have this, that we’re having to talk about racism after my family just went to a game like any normal person, having a normal day.”
The striker concluded: “Listen, the emotions sometimes get the better of people, but that should not be a reason for racism.
“You can be angry at certain things and certain results, but never should you discriminate against them because of the colour of their skin.”
Toney has enjoyed a stellar campaign leading the line in Brentford’s debut Premier League season.
The former Newcastle man has netted 12 times in the Prem, contributing a further five assists.
His form has led to rumours of a possible England call-up in the near future.