Brentford striker Ivan Toney and defender Rico Henry have received a letter from Everton fans after revealing members of their families suffered racial abuse at the match this weekend. The Bees faced Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, 15 May, and won 3-2 with Rico scoring the winner. After the game, racial abuse was directed at members of the players’ families.
The incident was reported to Merseyside Police and is being investigated. Everton FC swiftly condemned the action and promised to help identify the person responsible. Brentford FC is supporting the players and their families.
Everton Fans Forum is the voice for Evertonians. The group sent a letter to Ivan and Rico to express “dismay and sorrow” at the distress the players and their families suffered at the game. They stated that any individuals involved do not represent Everton fans.
The group promised to use its platform to help identify who was responsible on Sunday. They encouraged anyone who knows anything to come forward. The letter can be seen in full below.
Our letter to @ivantoney24, @ricohenry14 and their families. The players have received the letter and aware we are posting it on Social Media.— Everton Fans' Forum (@EFC_FansForum) May 19, 2022
There is no room for racism at our club, in our game or in society.
#EvertoniansAgainstHate #AllTogetherNow #NoRoomForRacism pic.twitter.com/DvwvS60UiF
Merseyside Police are investigating the incident. Their statement can be seen here. There are also details on how anyone with any information can report what they saw.
Brentford FC would like to ask fans to try and remember if they may have seen the incident. Any information may be important to help identify those responsible for the abuse directed at the families of our players. Brentford FC condemns all forms of discrimination and racist abuse in the strongest possible terms.