A landmark ruling has seen a man that racially abused Brentford striker Ivan Toney on social banned from every stadium in the United Kingdom.
Antonio Neil sent the discriminatory posts to Bees star Toney on October 14, 2022.
Toney subsequently shared images of the abuse on his Instagram account, leading Northumbria Police – supported by the Metropolitan Police – to launch a full investigation.
The posts in question were treated as a hate crime, with Neil pleading guilty to sending an offensive message when appearing before magistrates in Newcastle.
He has now been handed a four-month sentence suspended for two years for the online offence while also being hit with a three-year football banning order – which is the first of its kind since the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 came into effect.