Today the English Football Association announced that it had banned Brentford striker Ivan Toney for gambling violations, six months after it was announced an investigation into his gambling activities was taking place.
Toney will be banned from participating in matches until January 16th, 2024, and will not be able to train with his club until four months before the end of the ban. He was also issued a £50,000 fine and warned that future breaches could result in longer bans.
Toney had been charged with 262 infractions of FA Rule E8, which bans players, coaches, or match officials from betting on football matches from anywhere in the world. Toney admitted to 232 of the charges, and 30 charges were dropped.
In a statement, Toney addressed the ban, noting: "I am naturally disappointed that I will be unable to play for the next eight months. I make no further comment at this point other than to thank my family and friends, Brentford and our fans for their continued support, through what has been a very difficult time.
"I now focus on returning to play the game I love next season."
The FA said that the investigation was conducted by the Independent Regulatory Commission, which will publish their reasoning down the line. Brentford FC issued a statement as well, adding: "Brentford FC is currently awaiting the publication of the written reasons of the independent regulatory commission. We will review them before considering our next steps."
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