Brentford’s Ivan Toney, an England international, has been suspended from all football-related activities for eight months with immediate effect and fined £50,000 by the FA.
He was charged with 262 breaches of the FA’s betting rules spanning from February 2017 to January 2021. Following a hearing, an independent Regulatory Commission imposed the sanctions, withdrawing 30 of the breaches while Toney admitted to the remaining 232.
Starting from September 17, 2023, he can only train with his club for the final four months of his suspension. Brentford FC acknowledged the decision and expressed it in a statement.
Toney, who has scored 20 Premier League goals this season, was charged with violating FA rule E8, which prohibits players from betting on games or sharing information for betting purposes.
Despite the ongoing hearings, he received his first England cap in March. Other footballers, such as Kieran Trippier and Joey Barton, have also faced bans for gambling offenses in the past.