Brentford striker Ivan Toney faces a lengthy ban after being charged by the English Football Association for 232 alleged breaches.
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Ivan Benjamin Elijah Toney is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Brentford.
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.
Ivan Toney Banned
Brentford striker Ivan Toney faces a lengthy ban after being charged by the English Football Association for 232 alleged breaches of betting rules over a four-year period.
The 26-year-old, who had been in contention for England’s World Cup squad, last week admitted he was assisting the FA with its investigation into historic breaking of gambling rules.
The alleged breaches stretch from 2017, when Toney was on Newcastle’s books, to 2021, after he had joined Brentford from Peterborough.
In a statement the FA said: “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.”
The rules ban players from betting on any football match, even games in which they are not involved.
England right-back Kieran Trippier was banned for 10 weeks by the FA in December 2020 for giving out information for others to bet on his transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.
Toney had been called up to England’s recent Nations League in September but was omitted when Gareth Southgate named his travelling party to Qatar.
He responded by scoring twice in a shock 2-1 win for the Bees over Manchester City on Saturday.
Ivan Toney criminal charges
The Brentford striker, who has been in scintillating form for his club and had hoped to be included in England’s 26-man World Cup squad, was charged on Wednesday after the FA concluded an investigation into activity which covered a period of nearly four years.
“Ivan Toney has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s betting rules,” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged that the Brentford FC forward breached FA rule E8 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.”
Footballers who play in England are banned from making any type of bet on football, or asking others to do so on their behalf.
The FA’s rule E8 also bans the sharing of privileged information for the purposes of betting and sanctions can be tough.
Also in 2020 England international Kieran Trippier was banned from playing for 10 weeks and fined £70,000 after he was found to have shared information about his upcoming transfer to Atlético Madrid with his friends.
An appeal made to Fifa to reduce the ban, observing that Trippier had not benefited financially from his actions, was rejected.
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been charged by the Football Association with 232 alleged breaches of betting rules.
The alleged breaches took place between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.
Toney, 26, has scored 10 Premier League goals this season but missed out on a place in the England World Cup squad.
Brentford said in a statement: “The club has been in discussion with Ivan and his legal representatives. Those conversations will continue privately.”
The statement continued: “We will make no further comment until the matter has been completed.”
Toney has until 24 November to respond to the FA misconduct charges, which involve alleged breaches of FA rule E8, which bans players from betting on games, or sharing privileged information for the purposes of betting.
He faces a lengthy ban if they are proven. England defender Kieran Trippier was banned for 10 weeks by the FA in December 2020 for giving out information for others to bet on his transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.
Also in 2017 manager Joey Barton was banned for five months after he admitted placing 1,260 football-related bets over a 10-year period.
Toney said earlier this month, after the allegations were first reported, that he was “assisting the Football Association with their enquiries”.