Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended for eight months by the English Soccer Affiliation (FA) for breaching its betting guidelines.
- Ivan Toney has scored the third most objectives within the Premier League this season
- Toney was initially charged with 262 breaches, however 30 have been dismissed and he admitted to the remaining 232
- His ban will see him miss the remaining two video games of this season and the primary half of subsequent season
The FA stated the England worldwide was banned “from all soccer and football-related exercise with rapid impact” till January 16 subsequent yr, that means he’ll miss Brentford’s closing two video games of this season and the primary half of subsequent season, which runs from August 12, 2023 to Could 19, 2024.
He was additionally fined 50,000 kilos ($93,736).
Toney had confronted 262 costs of breaching the FA’s betting guidelines between late February 2017 and late January 2021, however the FA stated it “withdrew 30 of those breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232”.
The FA stated Toney’s sanction was imposed “by an unbiased Regulatory Fee following a private listening to”.
Regardless of the specter of a ban hanging over him, Toney has been in excellent type this season, scoring 20 Premier League objectives.
Solely Manchester Metropolis’s Erling Haaland and Tottenham’s Harry Kane have scored greater than him in English soccer’s high division.
His performances have been so spectacular that he made his debut for England in March in a European Championship qualifier in opposition to Ukraine.
“I’m naturally disenchanted that I might be unable to play for the subsequent eight months,” Toney stated in an announcement posted on Twitter.
“The written causes for the fee’s choice haven’t but been printed, so I make no additional remark at this level apart from to thank my household and associates, Brentford FC and our followers for his or her continued help, by what has been a really tough time.
“I now give attention to returning to play the sport I really like subsequent season.”
Toney might be allowed to return to coaching with Brentford for the ultimate 4 months of his ban.
His membership additionally stated it will watch for the FA’s written causes for the punishment “earlier than contemplating our subsequent steps”.
Toney isn’t the primary outstanding participant to be banned for violating playing guidelines.
Former Manchester Metropolis and Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was banned for 18 months, later diminished to 5, in 2017 after admitting to inserting 1,260 football-related bets over a interval of greater than 10 years.
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge acquired a four-month suspension in 2020 for breaching guidelines on inside data associated to playing