Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney has released a statement on the club’s official website addressing the new song that the Posh supporters have made for him.
Whilst the song shows the overwhelming love that the fans have for their striker, it is by no means clean which is why the player has taken the time to address the issue.
Both the love shown and chant have come as a result of the striker’s recent form in front of goal. Toney has grabbed 11 goals and two assists in just his opening 15 matches and is – along with his fellow strike partner Mohamed Eisa – the division’s top scorer. The highlight of his season so far came in a 6-0 riot over Rochdale in September; the 23-year-old grabbed a 40-minute hat-trick in the game
In the statement, Toney does take the time to thank the supporters for their support and acknowledges the love he continues to receive, but just asks that the song might be altered so that the younger generation of Posh fans can join in to.
The club Tweeted the statement.
— Peterborough United (@theposhofficial) October 29, 2019
The Posh fans had mixed opinions about the statement. Some were pleased and thought it was necessary.
Thank God, I’ve had enough of hearing young kids singing such a vile song, there is absolutely no need to use the words Northampton or Cambridge…
— Stefan.🏴 (@forzapufc) October 29, 2019
whilst I’m certainly no snowflake, the club is trying to expand its fan base by appealing to more and more youngsters in and around the city. Hearing this song about the top goalscorer and many kids favourite player will not encourage parents to bring their kids to games at all!
— Mat Lutkin (@BilboLutkin) October 29, 2019
— Derek Goodliffe (@GoodliffeDerek) October 29, 2019
Good statement! 👍
— Peterborough. The Florence of East Anglia. (@Mirrorman73) October 29, 2019
Others – it’s fair to say – didn’t and think it’s a little too much to be making a statement about.
Haha what pathetic joke of a club
— Clayton Robinson (@ClaytonRobinso2) October 29, 2019
Will probably still get sung at games🤣
— Kyle Irving (@Kyle_Irving1) October 29, 2019
Imaging being offended by this ❄️. Embarrassing
— Daniel Miller (@DanMiller95) October 29, 2019
Wow hope the snowflakes r happy that there club have forced a player to make a statement, and even that confirms his not offended. Guarantee the "fans" complaining r the 1s who sit in silent all game and only stand up and clap a goal.
— Nathan pufc (@PufcNathan) October 29, 2019