Brentford striker charged …over 232 alleged breaches of betting rules

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been charged over 232 alleged breaches of betting rules between Feb­ruary 2017 and January 2021, the Football Association has announced.

After a report in the Daily Mail claimed he had been the subject of an FA investigation, he tweeted on November 5: “I’m aware of a story about me in a national newspaper today.

“I have been assisting the Football Association with their enquiries and will not be making any comment until such investi­gation has reached its conclusion.

“I am a proud English­man and it has always been my childhood dream to play for my country at a World Cup finals.”

The 26-year-old has until Thursday, November 24 to re­spond to the charges.

The FA said on Wednesday: “Ivan Toney has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s betting rules.

“It is alleged that the Brent­ford FC forward breached FA rule E8 232 times between February 25, 2017 and January 23, 2021.

“Ivan Toney has until Thurs­day, November 24 to provide a response.”

Brentford said in a state­ment: “Brentford FC has been informed that Ivan Toney has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E8.

“The club has been in dis­cussion with Ivan and his legal representatives about this matter and those conversations will continue privately.

“We will make no further com­ment until the matter has been completed.”

Toney started his career at Northampton, before a move to Newcastle in 2015. He played on loan at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan, before joining Peterborough in 2018. He then moved to Brentford in 2020, where he has scored 58 goals in 105 games.

Betting on football is banned worldwide for all players, manag­ers, coaches, club staff, directors and licensed agents involved in the game within the Premier League, EFL, National League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Champi­onship and the Northern, South­ern and Isthmian leagues.

Participants covered by the ban are prohibited from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.

The ban also includes betting on any other football-related mat­ter such as the transfer of players, managerial appointments or team selection.

The passing of inside infor­mation to somebody that uses the information for betting is also not allowed. Inside information is information that you are aware of due to your position in the game and which is not publicly available, like injury or team selection news.

Other high-profile players charged and subsequently found guilty of breaking FA betting rules include current England World Cup squad member Kieran Trippi­er, who was banned from football activity for 10 weeks and handed a £70,000 fine for telling a friend to “lump on” the prospect of him joining Atletico Madrid before his switch from Tottenham in 2019.

Daniel Sturridge was also punished for disclosing inside in­formation about a transfer. After initially being given a six-week suspension, his punishment was increased to a four-month ban and £150,000 fine after it was found he had instructed his brother to bet on a January 2018 move to Sevilla.

Joey Barton was given an 18-month ban in 2017 after placing 1,260 bets on football between 2006 and 2016. The punishment brought about his retirement from playing football, although the term was later re­duced by five months on appeal. -Sky Sports

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