FA ban England player for betting breaches

Ivan Toney

Brentford forward Ivan Toney has been banned from football for eight months for 232 betting breaches.

The 27-year-old will not be able to play for his club or England until January 16, 2024.

The decision could impact the chances of a summer move for Toney, who has two years left on his Brentford deal but has been linked with Manchester United.

Toney, who has scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Brentford this season, was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in March.

A Football Association statement said: “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.

“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 posted on his social media account later on Wednesday, admitting he was “naturally disappointed”.