Brentford duo Ivan Toney and Rico Henry denounced racist abuse allegedly directed at them and their families during the match between Everton and Brentord, which the Bees won 3-2, at Goodison Park, Sunday (15/5).
Thomas Frank’s side dealt a crushing blow to the Toffees battling relegation in a five-goal clash on Merseyside, although the hosts remained in control of their own survival.
But the occasion was marred by discriminatory language directed at some of the Brentford players, and their loved ones, according to Toney and Henry, which led team-mates to take to social media to express their anger after the game.
“I usually never talk about things that don’t harm me or my family physically but seeing my mother angry after being racially abused by some Everton fans makes my stomach burn!” Henry wrote after the game, via Twitter.
“I would do anything for them [dan] whatever it takes to get a small minority punished! This is unacceptable [dan] must be investigated immediately.”
His words came after similar comments from Toney, who followed an earlier tweet about being woken by an Everton fan holding fireworks near the team hotel with: “And to the man who racially abused my family, [saya akan] do everything I can to get you the punishment you deserve!”
Everton have made an official statement regarding this, and stated that they are ready to support the fight against racism. Meanwhile, from Brentford, they will fully support the steps of Toney and Henry.
“We are aware of incidents where racist abuse was directed against family members of our players,” The Bees said. “A report has been made to the police and Everton. Brentford FC condemns any form of racist discrimination and harassment in the strongest possible terms. We will offer our support to Rico and Ivan’s families and will fully cooperate in any further investigations and legal proceedings.”