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Toney and Henry’s families racially abused | Brentford troll Everton fans over fireworks

Ivan Toney and Rico Henry’s families racially abused while Brentford take to troll Everton fans over setting off fireworks at 3:30am Sunday.

Everton are working with police after the Bees duo said members of their family suffered racist abuse in the Premier League fixture at Goodison Park.

Toney, who played the full 90 minutes as Brentford came back from behind to beat relegation-threatened Everton 3-2, tweeting after the game: “For the man that racially abused my family Il (sic) do everything I can to get you the punishment you deserve!”

In reply to Toney’s tweet, Everton tweeted: “There is no place in football – or society – for racism. We are assisting Merseyside Police to ensure the individual is identified and dealt with appropriately.”

Toney’s team-mate Henry also tweeted, saying: “I never usually speak out on things that don’t physically harm me or my family but to see my mom upset after being racially abused by a few Everton fans brought fire to my stomach! I will do anything for them & whatever it takes to get the small minority punished! This is not acceptable & must be investigated immediately.”

In a club statement, Brentford said: “We are aware of an incident where racist abuse was directed towards family members of our players. A report has been made to both the police and to Everton FC.

“Brentford FC condemns all forms of discrimination and racist abuse in the strongest possible terms. We will offer our support to Rico’s and Ivan’s families and will fully co-operate with the investigation and any subsequent legal proceedings.”

Forward Toney, 26, had tweeted just minutes before joking about the fireworks let off outside of the Brentford team hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning, saying: “Lovely display from the boys but not as good as the fireworks late last night. Normally I’m being woke up by my son but fireworks was a new one. Big 3 points!! Fans right behind us. Onto next week.”

Merseyside Police said in a statement: “We are investigating reports that the families of two Brentford players were racially abused in Liverpool on Sunday [15 May].

“Allegations that a man directed racial abuse were made following the Premier League match between Everton and Brentford at Goodison Park.”

Detective Inspector Catherine Cox said: “No matter what football team you support, there is absolutely no place for hate anywhere in Merseyside under any circumstances.

“Merseyside Police has investigated and successfully prosecuted so-called fans for racial abuse inside football stadia, and offenders have been handed football banning orders along with a criminal record for their behaviour.

“We will support the victims in this case and work with Everton Football Club to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Their views and their abuse is not welcome here in Merseyside, and they do not represent the overwhelming majority of football fans.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage any football fans with information on racial abuse to speak with officers or stewards at the ground, or call 101 so we can identify and locate offenders, and ensure they face the consequences of their actions.”

Everton took the lead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but after Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off, Seamus Coleman’s own goal brought the hosts level.

Richarlison then put Everton ahead from the penalty spot before the break, but Brentford hit back in the second half with quickfire goals from Yoane Wissa and Henry, before Salomon Rondon’s late dismissal left Everton with nine men.

Meanwhile, Brentford, Ivan Toney and skipper Pontus Jansson hilariously taunted Everton fans after being woken up by fireworks in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Members of the Toffees fanbase let off fireworks outside the team hotel in Liverpool city centre, but Brentford had the last laugh having gone on to won the game and put more misery on Everton.

And taking to Twitter after the game, Jansson shared a video of the fireworks and wrote: “You could at least do it [for] more than 10 seconds!”

Toney tweeted: “Lovely display from the boys but not as good as the fireworks late last night.

“Normally Iโ€™m being woke up by my son but fireworks was a new one.”

Even Brentford’s official Twitter account couldn’t resist getting involved as they wrote: “Our fireworks were on the pitch.”

Twitter users reacted with Toney and Henry’s families racially abused while Brentford troll Everton fans over fireworks…


@GrahamHehir: Everton are meant to be the people’s club, a family club but they’re just descending into the gutter both on and off the pitch

@lewinh0_: Well played today. Sorry you have too go through this

@EvertonBlueArmy: Sorry to hear about that. Itโ€™s disgraceful that this still happens in this day and age. Hopefully the individual can be identified and gets the punishment they deserve. I hope you and your family are all okay. ๐Ÿ’™

@davidtoearth: You and your family deserve better Ivan. I hope justice can be done.

@WillieMiller60: The vast majority of Everton fans will condemn this so the replies labelling them all as racist are wrong. The vast majority of people from the City of Liverpool will also condemn this. Bring your family to this great City again and youโ€™ll be made very welcome.

@chrisjatsea: Disgusted, but not surprised to hear of this. There is no place for abuse of you or your family in this beautiful game we all love (or outside it) especially when based on race. Regardless of club or colour I stand with you. YNWA

@bluejule59: Sorry to hear this Ivan, it should not be happening in 2022 and not at my club, we need to eradicate this from our society ๐Ÿ’™ send best wishes to your family

@MaccaS_Rant: This isnโ€™t even about club loyalties. ANYONE racially abusing a player or other fans at the match needs banning for life. Do what you need to do mate ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

@gldavey73: Anyone who racially abuses another person, deserve far more than getting banned from football grounds, start handing out sentences as every other form of abuse comes with a price. All the best to your family x

@Bees1889K: This is awful to hear, so much more needs to be done to stamp out racism in football, let alone society. I am so sorry to hear this, hope you and your family are okay Ivan ๐Ÿ™

@CubikChimp: So sorry to see this Ivan. Horrendous that yours and Ricoโ€™s family had to experience this. I hope Everton back their words with action


@josha1995_: They set fireworks off outside Brentfordโ€™s hotel, had one of them cringey kopite behaviour coach welcomes, ganged up outside a womans house because she had a liverpool flag in her window. And still got beat. Proper Everton that ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

@shanylou_: Only Everton: fans set off fireworks outside Brentfords hotel last night, have two players sent off (one 4 mins after coming on), lose 2-3 and fans racially abuse a few Brentford players and their families. ๐Ÿ˜‘ Disgusting!

@paulsluman: @Everton will need parachute payments just for all those flares and fireworks in the Championship. @BrentfordFC did us proud

@martykempy: So Everton fans set off fireworks at 3am at the hotel where Brentford were staying, what does Brentford do in reply? Score 3 goals to win.. hahah #EVEBRE

@mkalexroy641: Fireworks outside opposition team hotel early morning, thousands fans slowing team bus, big build up, then 2 players sent off, lose to Brentford. Classless Everton fans can’t help their team much, it’s on the pitch that matters.

@Stephen83404769: Everton 2 Brentford 3 ahh well the fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ worked a treat ๐Ÿ˜Ž

@paarsons: Everton fans spent hundreds on fireworks to set off at 3am outside Brentford and still got beat at home 3-2. Hahahahaha what a club they are.

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