Following the eight-month suspension from all football-related activity and the £50,000 fine for Ivan Toney for infringing the Betting Regulations, the FA has published the full resolution of the case and the reasons why he has received this harsh sanction. However, as they point out in England, the punishment “could have been greater if he had not been diagnosed with a gambling addiction.” Journalist Simon Stone of BBC Sportsclaim that “the FA Commission would have handed him a 15-month ban, but it was partly reduced because he pleaded guilty”.
Of the 232 breaches of Rule E8 between 2017 and 2021 of which the English striker has finally been accused, The 29 bets he made on matches in which his own team participated are particularly noteworthy.. On the one hand, he bet 16 times that Brentford would win, of which he emerged victorious 15. But it is that Ivan Toney even bet against his own teammates: bet 13 times that his own team would lose in seven different games between August 2017 and March 2018although he did not play in any of those games.
“There is no evidence… in a position to influence his own team to lose when he placed bets against them winning: he was not in the squad or eligible to play,” the FA statement said. Likewise, among the most serious charges, there are several bets by himself to score: “All of those 15 bets or instructions to bet were initiated by Mr. Toney, at a time when it would not have been public knowledge that he was starting (as a starter) or playing”pick up the Martyn Ziegler, from The Times.
“I’ll talk soon…”
In the same way that happened when the FA announced the sanction, Ivan Toney has spoken on social networks on the full conclusions and reasons for the FA’s betting infringements. On this occasion, the English striker limited himself to writing the following sentence on his Twitter account: “Soon I will speak without a filter”. The Brentford player, who missed the win for the Bees at the Totteham Hotspur Stadium and is two goals away from equaling the third best scoring mark of his career (counting all categories), You will not be able to train with the rest of the team from September 17, 2023, “during the last four months of your suspension”.