Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been banned from all football-related activity for eight months over breaching betting regulations.
Toney admitted to 232 of the 262 breaches during the period between February 2017 and January 2021 with the remaining 30 charges later withdrawn.
The England international has also been hit with a £50,000 fine and a warning about his future conduct by the country’s football authorities.
“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,” confirmed an FA statement.
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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.”
Last month Toney became only the second player in Brentford’s history to score 20+ goals in a single top-flight season.