Brentford duo Ivan Toney and Rico Henry say families racially abused at Everton game

‘To see my mom upset after being racially abused by a few Everton fans brought fire to my stomach!’
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Everton are helping Merseyside Police after Brentford’s Rico Henry and Ivan Toney claimed members of their family were racially abused during the Premier League match at Everton.

Henry, who scored the winning goal in Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Goodison Park, took to social media after the game to call for the incident to be investigated.

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He wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Rico Henry scores Brentford’s third goal against EvertonRico Henry scores Brentford’s third goal against Everton
Rico Henry scores Brentford’s third goal against Everton

After tweeting about the fireworks reportedly let off outside the Brentford team hotel, Toney added: “And for the man that racially abused my family Il [sic] do everything I can to get you the punishment you deserve!”

Everton responded to Toney’s post with a tweet which read: “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.”

What has Merseyside Police said about the incident?

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In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “We are investigating reports that the families of two Brentford players were racially abused in Liverpool on Sunday.”

Police revealed allegations were made following the Premier League match between Everton and Brentford at Goodison Park that a man ‘directed racial abuse’.

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.

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“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.”

You can report an incident of discrimination in football - whether it took place online or at a grassroots, non-league or professional game – by downloading the Kick It Out app. You can also report any incidents via their online form: