Premier League striker faces disciplinary action for betting breaches

Lea Hogg 1 year ago
Premier League striker faces disciplinary action for betting breaches

Brentford Football Club striker Ivan Toney may face a six-month ban for breaching sports betting rules. He was charged with 262 breaches issued by the Football Association. Although he denied a number of charges against him, he pleaded guilty to some of them. Other charges are still pending his response. Thirty of the charges were made very recently. The betting breaches allegedly took place between 5 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.

As a result Toney may be disqualified from England’s European Championship against Italy and Ukraine next month. Reports allege that he is likely to be banned from playing for at least six months.

The club has been in discussion with Ivan and his legal representatives. Those conversations will continue privately.” – Brentford Football Club

The Football Association is considering Toney’s response before confirming a date for the hearing. The verdict and any related penalty and disciplinary procedures will be decided by an independent regulatory commission.

Ivan Toney

Toney is demanding for the FA to open a leak inquiry after Sportsmail revealed he has admitted to breaching betting regulations. He is infuriated that his intention to plead guilty has gone viral on the public domain and is blaming the Football Association for revealing what he considers to be confidential.

I was shocked and disappointed to see press speculation yesterday and today about the FA investigation process concerning me after I have been told by the FA that it is a confidential process until any decision has been made,” – Ivan Toney

He added that his lawyers are in the process of writing to the FA to conduct an inquiry. He is adamant that he was advised by the Football Association that the investigation would remain confidential. Feeling very disturbed about the unauthorised leakage of matters he considers to be of a private and confidential nature, he continued “I am unable to provide any further comment and shall continue to concentrate on my football.’

Toney’s Background

English professional footballer Ivan Toney scored 15 times this season as striker for Premier League Club Brentford. His performance at the high profile match at Arsenal earlier this month was superb. He has previously been a ‘call-up’ for the England football team.

The 26-year-old professional footballer was one of the youngest players when he made his debut in 2012.  His career has been stellar. He scored 13 goals in 60 matches across all competitions before joining Newcastle United in 2015. This was followed by success in a number of high profile matches. He joined Peterborough United in 2018 for an undisclosed record fee. In 2019 he was names as top scorer for League One and Player of the season. At this point he signed with Brentford Football Club. Between 2020 and 2021 he scored a record of 31 goals and was pivotal in Brentford’s elevation to Premier League.

Similar FA bans

18 month ban in 2017: Joey Barton playing midfield for Burnley admitted to placing a total of 1260 bets.  He was banned for 18 months but his suspension was reduced to 13 months after his appeal.

10 weeks ban and £70,000 in 2020: Kierren Trippier, defender for Atletico Madrid, was penalised by the Football Association for divulging of his imminent move to Atletico Madrid prior to becoming officially public. Some of his friends allegedly made bets on his transfer prior to his move.

Brentford Football Club

Brentford is a Premier League football club in West London. Nicknamed “The Bees”, the club was founded in 1889 and played home matches at Griffin Park from 1904. In 2020, the club moved to Gtech Community Stadium. Brentford’s main rivals are the other West London-based clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

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