Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from playing active football for eight months after he accepted breaking Football Association betting rules.
This was after the FA Independent Regulatory Commission found the 27-year-old forward guilty of breaching the football body’s rule E8 from 25 February 2017 to 23 January 2021 during his spell with Scunthorpe United, Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Brentford.
Toney was charged on account of 232 breaches of the FA betting rules and fined £50,000
According to the English FA, the player will only return to training after serving a four-month ban by 17th September, before being considered eligible to play by January 17th.
The FA statement read: “Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months.
“The Brentford forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 between February 25, 2017 and January 23, 2021.
“The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
“The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for these sanctions will be published in due course and the FA will wait to review them before commenting further.”
Brentford released a club statement following the announcement but have not stated whether they will be appealing the decision.
The statement read: “Brentford notes the decision of an independent regulatory commission to issue an eight-month ban from all football and football-related activity to Ivan Toney with immediate effect.
“Ivan had a personal hearing earlier this week.
“Brentford is currently awaiting the publication of the written reasons of the independent regulatory commission. We will review them before considering our next steps.”
Brentford coach, Thomas Frank is expected to be without his leading goal scorer – who has scored 20 goals so far this season – when his side faces Tottenham at the weekend and league leaders Manchester City on the final day of the season.