Ivan Toney, a striker for Brentford, admitted to breaking “Football Association” betting rules and received an eight-month suspension from the sport. For “232 violations” of the FA’s betting regulations, Toney has also been given a £50,000 fine and a warning about his future behaviour.
The 27-year-old can resume training with Brentford four months before his ban expires on September 17; however, his suspension begins right away. He won’t be able to play until January 17, 2024.
In a post on his Instagram story, Toney expressed his “natural disappointment” with the decision and stated that he would reserve further comment until the independent Regulatory Commission releases its written justifications.
According to a statement from the FA, “Toney’s sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a personal hearing.”
The “independent Regulatory Commission’s written” justifications for these sanctions will be released in due course, and the FA will hold off on making any further comments until it has had a chance to review them.
While playing for Scunthorpe United, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, and Brentford between February 25, 2017, and January 23, 2021, Toney committed the violations for which he was found guilty.
Toney has contributed to Brentford’s ninth-place finish in the standings this season with 20 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.
He won’t be present for Brentford’s Saturday trip to Tottenham and the season finale against league-leading Manchester City at home on May 28.
Brentford claims to have taken note of the FA’s decision and is waiting for the written justifications to be made public before “considering our next steps.”
Toney received his first call-up to “Gareth Southgate’s team” in September and earned his first England cap as a late substitute in the 2-0 Euro 2024 qualifying victory over Ukraine in March.
In December 2020, the FA handed down a 10-week suspension to England defender Kieran Trippier for disclosing information that allowed others to wager on his move from “Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.”
Joey Barton, a Burnley player at the time, was given an 18-month suspension in 2017, which was later reduced to 13 months after an appeal. He had admitted to placing 1,260 bets on football over a ten-year period.
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