Brentford striker Ivan Toney has apologised after a video purporting to show him slating the club with an expletive was seen on social media.
The Premier League is currently on a winter break that is also allowing some players to link up with their internationals squads as qualification for the World Cup in Qatar continues. There are qualifiers currently taking place in CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and the AFC, but a lot of European players have used this time to go away and refresh themselves for the second half of the season.
Toney is one of those players and, like many have in the past, picked Dubai as his holiday destination but it perhaps wasn’t the relaxing break he had hoped for.
On Friday, a video was published on social media in which Toney appeared to say “f**k Brentford” and went viral. There was immediate uproar from Brentford fans, especially as Toney has been linked with a move away from the club.
But Toney was quick to apologise for the video, admitting the language used was “unacceptable” while also revealing the video was “cut short and edited”.
“I am aware of a video of me that was published on social media today, taken in Dubai where I have been on holiday during the winter break,” Toney wrote on Twitter.
“In it, I used language that was unacceptable.
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“The video was cut short and edited, but I have to accept the impact this has had and I realise I should not have put myself in that position.
“I have explained to the gaffer what happened and apologised to him but I also want to apologise to all Brentford fans. I respect the way you all support the team and I have to say how much I love playing for the club and for you.
“I’ll be back at training next week, working hard to score more goals to win us more goals for the rest of the season.”
After scoring 33 goals in the Championship last season (including two in the play-offs) to get Brentford into the Premier League, Toney has continued a decent scoring record in the top flight. He is currently Brentford’s top scorer with six goals and has also added two assists, with no Bees player directly involved in more goals
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Toney is also one of Brentford’s busiest players in the air, with only Ethan Pinnock (104) winning more aerial duels in the Premier League this season than his 99.
This isn’t the first time Toney has risked the wrath of Brentford fans this season and potentially pushed himself for a move. Back in November a video was released in which the English striker revealed he was a Liverpool fan and claimed he would make himself the “main man” at the club when asked about a move to the Reds or Leeds United.
“I support Liverpool. If they come knocking who knows? Who knows,” he told the On the Judy podcast (filmed during the 2020/21 season).
“I’d have to go to Liverpool and make myself the main man.”