Ivan Toney: Brentford striker opens up on emotional story following betting ban

Ivan Toney speaks up on recenet ban || Credit: Imago and Daily Mail || Created by Stephen

Ivan Toney: Brentford striker opens up on emotional story following betting ban

Stephen Oladehinde 17:51 - 21.08.2023

Following his eight-month suspension from football, Ivan Toney has spoken out about his gambling addiction.

Ivan Toney, who has been very important for Brentford was charged for breaching the Football Association betting rule. 

He confessed to 232 violations of the Football Association's betting regulations and was given a sentence that would last until January 16, 2024.

He has spoken up for the first time in a recent interview since his eight-month ban issued by the FA. 

Ivan Toney, Brighton forward || Credit: Imago
Ivan Toney, Brighton forward || Credit: Imago

Ivan Toney’s interview

In an interview with the YouTube channel The Diary of a CEO, Toney admitted that he no longer gambles and that he originally lied to investigators.

He said that as a result of the ban, restaurants and auto insurance companies refused to serve him.

The 27-year-old said as reported by Daily Mail, “I remember at the time when there were allegations, I wanted to go to a restaurant and they were like "no you can't - we're not taking you.

“I was like "What do you mean?" And then it was "the allegations, we're not allowing you in or something like this. 

“I was actually so confused. I was thinking, for starters, it's allegations and second of all you are a restaurant how can you not let someone in because of bad press?

“'I was just baffled, and my car insurance, they wouldn't insure me due to the whole scandal. And I was like "Car insurance? They won't have me in their books?". It was baffling.”


Toney speaks about betting habit

Toney acknowledged that he began betting when he was 15 years old and that the stakes increased in proportion to the amount of money he was paid.

He also admitted that he may have made certain bets that he doesn't recall making, but he was ready to take responsibility in order to finish the process.

He said, “The impact it (betting) would have is waiting for payday. I'd pay for everything I need to sort and then I would be like "I've got this much to play with".

“I took care of what needed to be taken care of then in my head it's like "my money is my money and I can spend it how I want".