Brentford Striker, Ivan Toney will be out of action for the next eight months for violating Football Association’s Betting rules
FA has revealed that during a period spanning seven months from 2017 to 2018, Toney, the Brentford striker, placed more than twelve bets on his own team. Additionally, he also wagered on himself to score on multiple occasions.
It was specifically noted that Toney did not participate in any of the matches in which he bet against his parent club, Newcastle, while he was on loan at Wigan.
The FA released a statement on Friday which stated, “Out of the 29 bets made, 13 of them were placed on Mr. Toney’s own team to lose in seven different matches between August 22, 2017, and March 3, 2018. Mr. Toney did not play in any of these matches where he bet against his loan club as he was not included in the match squad, nor did he play against his parent club as he was on loan at the time.”
“Of the 13 bets, 11 were against Newcastle while Mr. Toney was on loan at another club. The remaining two bets were related to a match between Wigan and Aston Villa, during which the player was on loan at Wigan, but he was not part of the squad.”
“Furthermore, out of the 126 bets or instructions to bet, 15 of them were placed by Mr. Toney on himself to score in nine different matches, all of which he actively participated in.”
On Friday, Brentford issued their own response to the FA’s decision with a statement.
Brentford responded to the FA’s ruling with a statement of their own on Friday.
It read: ‘Brentford FC has received and accepted the written reasons of an independent Regulatory Commission that handed Ivan Toney an eight-month ban from all football and football-related activity after he admitted breaches of FA Rule E8, relating to placing bets on football.
‘The judgement has been published on the FA website. Ivan and Brentford FC accept that offences were committed, and sanctions were inevitable.
‘The commission noted that none of the charges related to events where Ivan could negatively impact his own team.’
Gareth Southgate, the manager of the England national team, expressed his concerns about the duration of the ban while unveiling his squad for the upcoming matches against Malta and North Macedonia on Tuesday. He worried that the Brentford striker, Ivan Toney, might feel isolated during his suspension due to the restrictions preventing him from training with his club until September. Southgate contested the conditions of the punishment imposed by the governing authorities.
‘I have spoken with (Toney),’ he said. ‘I don’t know if that’s allowed, by the way. If it isn’t then they can ban me and not add to his ban.
‘Look, the ban is the ban. It is what it is. He recognised and accepted the punishment. What bothers me is we’ve got to look after people.
‘He’s injured at the moment. What does he do about getting fit? How do we give him some structure over the next few months that he can develop himself or be a better person at the end of it, or have experiences that he might not experience?
‘I don’t like the idea that we just leave somebody so they are not allowed to be a part of the football community.
‘I don’t think that’s how we should work, I don’t think that’s how the best rehabilitation programmes work.’
Regarding the possibility of Toney being included in his squad for Euro 2024 next summer, Southgate expressed his confidence, stating, “Certainly, there is a definite possibility for him to be named in the squad.”.
‘It is not ideal because he is going to miss a large chunk of the season and you don’t know after that sort of period out how physically he is going to adapt and how he is going to play.
‘But it is possible for him, there will still be time and he has impressed us with the way he’s played.
‘I like his personality, I like his belief and the way he goes about his job, so everything is still possible for him.’
Meanwhile, last week, Thomas Frank, the manager of Brentford, expressed his belief that Toney will continue to be a valuable asset for the team at the Gtech Stadium.
‘I’ve been in contact with him. He’s disappointed and sad about the situation,’ said Frank, prior to the FA’s report on Friday. ‘His future is with Brentford, there’s no doubt about that.
‘We are waiting for the information so we know what we can do. What he’s allowed to do, especially for the first four months.
‘One thing is for sure, we will do everything to be there for him, support him and be aware of the mental health in it.
‘He’s made some mistakes, but we need to be there, and want to be there, for him and help him. We just need to know what we are allowed to do.’