Brentford striker Ivan Toney said, a national newspaper report said he was being investigated for alleged historical gambling on soccer.
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Toney became the youngest player to represent Northampton Town when he made his first-team debut in 2012, and scored 13 goals in 60 matches across all competitions before joining Newcastle United in 2015.
In his first season at Newcastle, he had two successive loan spells with Barnsley, winning the Football League Trophy and the League One play-offs.
He spent the next two years on loan in League One with Shrewsbury Town, Scunthorpe United, and Wigan Athletic.
In 2018, Toney joined Peterborough United permanently for an undisclosed fee, where he was named both League One top scorer and Player of the Season in 2019–20.
Ivan toney Allegations
England World Cup hopeful Ivan Toney is being investigated by the FA over allegations he gambled on football.
Toney has not been charged with any offence but it is thought that the investigation has been going on for seven months and has not yet reached its conclusion.
The investigation is understood to relate to alleged gambling activity during his time as a player in the lower leagues and before he moved to Brentford.
It is believed there is no suggestion that the Brentford striker ever gambled on his own team to lose.
Toney, who was picked in Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad but has yet to make his debut, is said to be devastated by the leaking of news of the investigation.
He is desperate to play for his country and to make Southgate’s World Cup squad, which will be named on Thursday.
He was proud to be called into the squads for the recent Nations League ties and is hoping that the news of the investigation will not prejudice his chances.
Many view Toney as the ideal back-up for England captain Harry Kane, not only because of the form he has been in for Brentford but because he is a brilliant penalty taker who would be a prime asset if England are involved in shootouts at the World Cup.
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Brentford striker Ivan Toney is under investigation by the Football Association over allegations he gambled on football during his career.
The 26-year-old, who is hoping to be part of England’s World Cup squad this month, has been at the centre of an investigation which has been ongoing for several months.
Toney, who has scored eight Premier League goals for Brentford this season, was in England’s last squad during the September international break but did not make an appearance for Gareth Southgate’s side.
According to MailOnline, Toney is alleged to have gambled while he was playing in the lower divisions and before he joined Brentford in 2020.
There is no suggestion of any criminal activity by Toney, or that he attempted to fix the outcome of a match.
But FA rules prevent all professional players from betting on football during their career.
On Saturday, Toney released a statement saying: ‘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.’
England striker Ivan Toney is hoping his World Cup dream will not be shattered after it was revealed he is under investigation for betting on football matches.
The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers reported Brentford star Toney faces allegations of placing bets in the early stages of his career, before shooting to stardom.
The newspaper said there was no suggestion of any criminal activity or match-fixing; however, the Football Association strictly forbids all gambling on football by professional players.
The 26-year-old Toney reacted to the story by confirming he is “assisting the Football Association with their enquiries”, while stressing he wants to go to Qatar 2022 with Gareth Southgate’s national team.
Toney posted on Twitter: “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 inclusion.
“I am a proud Englishman and it has always been my childhood dream to play for my country at a World Cup finals.”
Brentford said in a statement: “We note the story concerning Ivan Toney and the FA investigation. The club will not be commenting.”
Toney, who joined Brentford from Peterborough in 2020, was called up by Southgate for the first time in September but did not play in the Nations League games against Italy and Germany.