Ivan Toney avoided 15-month ban for betting breaches after pleading guilty

Ivan Toney's eight-month ban was very nearly extended to 15 months, an FA report has revealed.

The Brentford and England striker was slapped with a £50,000 fine and suspended from football until January 2024 last week after being charged with over 250 betting breaches.

The FA have released a report detailing the reasons behind their decision which stated that Toney only escaped a lengthier 15-month ban because he pleaded guilty to the majority of the charges, and because he was diagnosed with gambling addiction.

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The report also stated that the 27-year-old bet against his own team on 13 separate occasions, though at no point did he feature in any of the matches, with 11 of the bets being placed against Newcastle, his parent club, while he was on loan at Wigan during the 2017/18 season.

It also stated that Toney informed a friend that he would start Wigan's next match in March 2018, and that he lied to the FA when they spoke to him during their investigation earlier this year.

Toney is banned from playing until January 16 next year, though he is allowed to return to training in September at the half-way point of his suspension.

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In a statement issued on Friday, shortly after the release of the FA's report, Brentford confirmed that they had accepted the reasons for Toney's ban.

"Brentford FC has received and accepted the written reasons of an independent Regulatory Commission that handed Ivan Toney an eight-month ban from all football and football-related activity after he admitted breaches of FA Rule E8, relating to placing bets on football," the statement read.

"The judgement has been published on the FA website. Ivan and Brentford FC accept that offences were committed, and sanctions were inevitable. The commission noted that none of the charges related to events where Ivan could negatively impact his own team."

And in an ambiguous tweet, Toney wrote: "I’ll speak soon with no filter."


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