Ivan Toney issues a statement after being caught in social media footage which heard him say ‘Fuck Brentford’ whilst on holiday abroad.
The video, which appears to have come from Snapchat, shows a female first who says the X-rated word.
The camera then pans over to show a topless Toney wearing sunglasses, who puts two fingers up in a ‘V shape’ before repeating the same words.
The woman in the clip then repeats ‘fuck Brentford’ one more time and laughs before the video is stopped.
— Isaak Palmer (@IsaakPalmer) January 28, 2022
The clip also contained the words: ‘Ivan Toney moving mad looool,’ with a series of laughing emoji faces.
‘I am aware of a video of me that was published on social media today, taken in Dubai where I have been on holiday during the winter break. In it, I used language that was unacceptable,’ Toney said in an Instagram story.
‘The video was cut short and edited, but I have to accept the impact this has had and I realise I should not have put myself in that position.’
The striker, who has so far scored 40 goals in 76 appearances since joining Brentford in 2020, also revealed that he got in contact with boss Thomas Frank to say sorry.
‘I have explained to the gaffer what happened and apologised to him but I also want to apologise to all Brentford fans.
‘I respect the way you all support the team and I have to say how much I love playing for the club and you.
‘I’ll be back training next week, working hard to score more goals to win us more for the rest of the season.’
Brentford had launched an investigation after the video emerged on Friday night.
“Brentford FC are aware of the video and are investigating,” a club spokesperson said.
Toney will hope to be involved when his side play Everton in the FA Cup next Saturday.
Twitter users reacted as Ivan Toney issues a statement after being caught out in the ‘Fuck Brentford’ footage…
@kington_chris: Great response from his personal manager.
@HaleEndFinesse: @ivantoney24 she wasn’t even worth it, I air girls like that with no second thought… you could have done better. Brentford is a respectable club with good football style , don’t disrespect the club who made you the player you’re for some btech love island audition rejected gal
@MaxFiction13: Maddest way to put yourself on the transfer list
@BrentfordJS: Bullshit. You should never wear the Brentford shirt again.
@jordyinit: Ivan Toney should just come out and say he didn’t mean the club, he meant the council or something.
@jehall84: As insincere apologies go, this is up there
@OneRedBee: Ivan, Thomas might fine you 8 grand. If you could make the cheque out to T. Frank he’d be very happy. 😜
@agbnufc_: Predictable PR response.
Still hit tho pic.twitter.com/t9yKyVxWey
— zac | bfc🐝 (@ZacBfc) January 29, 2022
“Say fuck Brentford”
You after saying it: pic.twitter.com/5z735ukJFL
— NB🇬🇭 (@N1N0BROWN) January 29, 2022
Ivan Toney’s composure:
In front of goal: 💯
In front of women in Dubai: 0️⃣
— West Stand (@WestStand1) January 28, 2022
@mark_sciberras: Ivan, you’re my 6 year old son’s favourite player. He makes me wait at the end of every home game so he can applaud you. I really hope he doesn’t find out about this and I’m left to try to explain it to him.
@lordchazz1: Ivan Toney slandering his club for some milk is crazy.
@nathanmozzer: Just admit why you said Fuck Brentford. Under no circumstances should you be bringing such disrespect to the club
@NickWychen: it’s pretty clear chap, he’s trying to impress a pretty woman by echoing what she says ..
@bradcam123: Not a Bee but you let your fans down terribly. You are NOT bigger than Brentford such a kick In the teeth to Fans and Club. Was she worth it
@LuisAdrianoUK: I’m reserving judgement on Ivan Toney until I read the whole of Sue Gray’s report.
Ivan Toney guided Brentford to promotion in 2019/20 producing 31 goals in 45 games and is the club’s top scorer this season with six goals.
Speaking at the end of last year, the ex-Newcastle forward praised his team-mates and said the club were ready to compete at the highest level.
‘From the starters to the subs we have quality all over the field. We’re missing some main players but the other boys came in and did great,’ the forward told the club’s official website after defeat by Manchester City.
‘It’s not just quality though – it’s wanting to work hard and knowing your job when you get in the team, and they did both.’
‘Everyone is always ready for the opportunity to play and the players who came in did well, but when we get everyone back we have a great squad and we can compete at the highest level.’
Toney has scored 40 goals in 76 appearances for since joining Brentford from Peterborough in 2020.