Ivan Toney's Ban Reduced to 8 Months

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The saga regarding Brentford striker Ivan Toney's ban from playing football for betting on the game has been reduced from 11 months to 8 months following the revelation that the player was diagnosed with a gambling addiction.

The easing of the suspension was made by the English Football Association in a document published by the group. Toney was found to have committed 232 breaches of the FA's rules related to football players betting on matches. He had 30 of these charges pulled back by the association. 16 bets were on Toney's own club, and 13 were on his club to lose. He also was found to have bet on himself to score and for others to score.

A document released by the FA said that Dr Philip Hopley conducted an examination on Toney indicated gambling addiction, with the document noting: "In addition, and of particular importance, the Commission finds that a significant reduction should be made to reflect the diagnosed gambling addiction identified by Dr Hopley."

"The lack of control the player has in respect of gambling is clearly a reflection of his diagnosed gambling addiction. He is determined to address his gambling problem with therapy at the conclusion of this season."

Although a specific return date wasn't mentioned, Toney should be eligible to return to his club in the fall.

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