Brighton fans honor Mwepu at the Brentford Premier League game

Despite their team’s defeat, Brighton fans were in good spirits as they made the short trip to Brentford on Friday night.

Albion’s game came after a turbulent week that saw midfielder Enock Mwepu announce his retirement aged just 24 with a hereditary heart condition.

The team warmed up in shirts bearing Mwepu’s name and number, and photos of the visiting team also showed fans paying homage to the Zambian international.

Supporters wore t-shirts with messages of support, as well as Zambian flags bearing the Brighton coat of arms.

Unfortunately, fans who traveled to west London on Friday night were not treated to an away win as Brentford clinched a 2-0 win.

A brace from in-form Brentford forward Ivan Toney was enough to sink the Seagulls, with goals either side at half-time proving too much for the team.

Brighton fans paid tribute to recently retired midfielder Enock Mwepu. Image: Simon Dack

Toney has since been the subject of post-game racial abuse, taking to social media with screenshots taken from his Instagram account.

News showing a man calling Toney a “black c***” has been denounced by the football community.

A Brentford spokesman said: “We condemn in the strongest terms this discriminatory behaviour”, while a Premier League statement added that there was “no place in football or in society”.

Screenshots posted by Toney show that the man who broadcast the abuse is not from Brighton and there is no indication he is an Albion fan.

Brighton are still chasing their first win under new manager Roberto De Zerbi after Friday night’s defeat.

The team were unlucky in the Italian’s home debut against Spurs, where a Harry Kane header won the game and pushed Liverpool to the limit in a 3-3 draw at Anfield.

After the game, Albion coach De Zerbi said: “I think we played a good game but if you want to win the game you have to score.

“We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots on goal, the last pass, the cross.

“It was the same against Tottenham, a lot of shots but we didn’t score.” Brighton fans honor Mwepu at the Brentford Premier League game

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