The man who sent vile racist messages to Brentford star Evan Toney in October has been banned from every UK stadium for three years in a landmark ruling… and he has also been given a four-month suspended jail sentence
- A man who racially abused Evan Tony has been banned from attending football matches
- He will be banned from every stadium in the country for the next three years
- Tony received vile messages after scoring twice for Brentford in October
A man who racially abused Brentford striker Evan Toney on social media has been given a historic three-year ban from all football in the UK and given a suspended prison sentence.
Antonio Neil, 24, sent the vile message to Tony via Instagram last October, after the striker scored against Brighton. It was described by a judge as “exceptionally offensive” and with “racist overtones”.
Tony publicly shared the abuse, which prompted a police investigation.
Neil, of Blyth, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to sending an offensive letter and apologized to Tony in court.
He was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years. Neil is also the first person to be banned from every stadium in the UK under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, the legislation set in place to extend the scope of banning orders for online hate crimes.
The ban includes clubs in the English Premier League, Championship, first and second leagues, and the National League, as well as domestic international tournaments, playoffs, and overseas tournaments.
A man who abused Evan Toney in October has been banned from football for three years
Antonio Neil sent Tony vile messages on social media after he scored against Brighton
“I am delighted that the racist abuses have ended in court,” said Thomas Frank, chairman of Brentford.
I think the sentence might be harder but it’s a good step in the right direction to show that there is no room for racism. We hope this is a reminder to social media companies that they can do more.
A club statement added: “Evan Tony has been subjected to disgusting racial abuse on a regular basis and we want to see tough action taken against anyone found guilty of such abuse.”
“This is a historic decision that we hope will set the standard for similar cases in the future,” Kick It Out said.
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