Ivan Toney hit with huge ban for betting breaches as Brentford ace learns fate
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Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football activity and been handed a hefty fine.
The 27-year-old has been handed an eight-month ban from football and been fined £50,000 after he was charged with 232 breaches of FA Rule E8.
The FA's statement read: "Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months, which runs up to and including 16 January 2024, fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct for breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules.
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"The Brentford FC forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 in total between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
"His sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a personal hearing. He is permitted to return to training only with his club for the final four months of his suspension starting from 17 September 2023.
"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."
Toney will be out of action for Brentford and England with the ban running across the summer and into the new season, until January 16 2024. He will be allowed to train with his club from September 17.
Having made a return to the Premier League last season, he has scored a total of 20 goals across 33 league fixtures this time out.
A statement from Brentford reads: "Brentford FC 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 was charged with breaches of FA rule E8 and had a personal hearing earlier this week.
"Brentford FC is currently awaiting the publication of the written reasons of the independent Regulatory Commission. We will review them before considering our next steps."
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