POLICE have urged Ivan Toney to get in touch after the Brentford star suffered sickening racist abuse.

The striker was targeted last night after scoring both for the Bees in a 2-0 win against Brighton.

He shared a screenshot of the abuse this morning after he received a direct message on Instagram.

Toney, 27, wrote: "I wasn't even going to post this but I woke up angry".

The Met Police have now urged the footballer to get in touch with them.

A spokesperson told The Sun Online: "Nobody should receive racist messages such as this.

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"We have sent a message to the victim asking him to contact police."

Brentford have also condemned the abuse in the "strongest possible terms".

A statement added: "An attack on one of our players is an attack on all of us.

"Ivan will receive the full backing from the club and from the Brentford fans who we have already seen condemning the abuse.

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"We expect strong support from the police, legal authorities and from Instagram's parent company, Meta, to ensure that the individual involved faces the full force of the law for this despicable hate crime."

Toney and teammate Rico Henry were previously racially abused at Goodison Park after Brentford's 3-2 win over Everton last season.

The striker has continued to impress this season – netting eight goals and two assists so far.

That means he is level pegging in the Prem's top scorers' chart with Spurs talisman Harry Kane.

Only Manchester City phenom Erling Haaland has more league goals after bagging 15 in his incredible start to the season.

Man Utd are now keeping tabs on the star as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo if he leaves in January.

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Toney's sparkling form has left him with an increasingly good chance heading to the World Cup with England this winter.

He was called into the Three Lions squad by Gareth Southgate for September's Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany but was not used.


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