Peterborough striker Ivan Toney becomes latest footballer to suffer racial abuse on social media

1 May

Peterborough striker Ivan Toney has become the latest footballer to suffer racial abuse on social media.

The 23-year-old was sent banana and monkey emojis on Instagram during Posh’s 3-2 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

Ivan Toney shared the racial abuse on Twitter

Toney scored twice at Fratton Park to keep alive Peterborough’s League One play-off hopes with just one game to go.

After the match, he shared a screenshot of the abuse received on Twitter with an eyebrow raising emoji as a caption.

Peterborough announced they will be reporting the incident to the police.

In a statement, the club said: “We are aware of a message that has been sent to one of our players on social media of a racist nature this evening.

“The content of that message is wholly unacceptable and we will be reporting it to the football authorities, social networks and the police.”

Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out offered their support to Toney in the wake of the incident.

“Yet again, more racist abuse on social media,” a Kick It Out statement read.

“We fully support @theposhofficial’s condemnation of this behaviour. As always, we are here for support and guidance for both club and player.”

Toney has scored 21 goals in all competitions in a prolific season for Peterborough, who trail sixth place Doncaster by one point heading into the final day of the regular season.

The former Newcastle forward has become the second footballer racially assaulted on social media in less than a week.

Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was branded a ‘stupid monkey’ on Instagram after he was sent off in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Leicester on Sunday.

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In addition to those two incidents, Watford captain Troy Deeney disabled comments on his Instagram profile to avoid more racial abuse last month.