Brentford striker Ivan Toney became the latest victim of online racist abuse after the Bees were held to a goalless draw with struggling Birmingham City.
The Championship’s top scorer, Toney, also suffered racist abuse back in January amid a wave of high profile incidents.
After Tuesday’s disappointing result, Toney screenshotted an abusive message before posting it to his Instagram story with the caption, “Honestly I’m done”.
It prompted an impassioned response from his club and teammates. Brentford said: “We are appalled to see yet more spineless, racist abuse directed at Ivan on Instagram this morning. We stand with Ivan, and all those who continue to suffer abuse online.”
The incident adds an extremely sour note to an already disappointing night for Brentford whose automatic promotion hopes were dashed after a 0-0 draw with relegation threatened Birmingham City.
Although Brentford had plenty of chances to take all three points, two smart stops from Neil Etheridge prevented Toney from adding to this season’s 28-goal haul.
Post-match, Brentford manager Thomas Frank said: “In games like this, you need to have that cutting edge in the final third and I think we lack that at this moment in time.”
After four draws in a row, the Bees now sit nine points behind Watford in second, while Norwich City are seemingly away and clear at the top of the table.
Having narrowly missed out on promotion last campaign, Brentford are looking increasingly towards the play-offs as their route to the Premier League this season.
As for Toney, justice is rarely served in instances of anonymous online abuse, but the football world stands with him in opposition to another appalling instance of racism.