Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney has been banned by the FA for betting-related breaches.
The 27-year-old Brentford star was charged earlier for breaking FA betting guidelines, and after admitting to several of the charges, he has now been punished and will be unable to play for Brentford or England until January 16.
What Toney did
The England international was charged with 262 breaches of the FA betting regulations, 232 of which he admitted, while the remaining 30 were withdrawn.
He was charged with infractions that ran from February 25, 2017, until January 23, 2021.
The striker had a personal hearing with an independent regulatory commission, which moved to punish him.
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The FA released a statement saying an independent regulatory body has decided to suspend Ivan Toney for eight months, effective immediately, along with a £50,000 fine.
The ban will run until January 16, 2024, and he will only be allowed to return to training in September this year.
“Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months, which runs up to and including 16 January 2024, fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct for breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules.
“The Brentford FC forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 in total between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
“His sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a personal hearing. He is permitted to return to training only with his club for the final four months of his suspension starting from 17 September 2023.
“The independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons for these sanctions will be published in due course, and The FA will wait to review them before commenting further.”
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