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Brentford’s star striker Ivan Toney, has allegedly pleaded guilty to many counts of violating FA gambling regulations and is poised to get a lengthy exile from football.
The FA accused the 26-year-old with 232 alleged violations of betting laws in November, adding 30 more the following month. Now, according to the Daily Mail, Toney has acknowledged to a number of the allegations, but he will likely contest others.
Toney Facing Football Ban Following Revelations
It is believed that an FA disciplinary hearing is approaching and that Toney will likely be banned from playing football. The imminent suspension will eliminate him from contention for England’s upcoming international matches against Ukraine and Italy. He was also left out of the World Cup roster.
Given that Callum Wilson, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Tammy Abraham all recently struggled with form and health, it will be a big setback for Gareth Southgate, who may be short on offensive alternatives in good shape. Although Toney was not selected for the Three Lions’ Qatar team, he has continued to perform well for the Bees.
Toney has scored four goals in seven Premier League games since the resumption of domestic play, and he scored twice against Manchester City in a pre-World Cup match. The ex-Newcastle man is presently tied for third in the league in goals scored with Marcus Rashford, trailing only Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
After being charged with 232 violations of the FA’s gambling policies between 2017 and 2021 in November, the FA added 30 more violations between 2017 and 2019 in December. It brings the striker’s total to 262 offences, which, depending on the FA’s judgment, may result in a lengthy suspension.
Brentford’s Position on the Toney Situation
The Bees released a statement in November which read: “We note the story concerning Ivan Toney and the FA investigation. The club will not be commenting.”
Brentford are battling for a European finish in the Premier League this season and currently sit ninth, just six points off fifth place Newcastle. They have lost just four league matches all season and will fight alongside the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Liverpool to force their way into the top-six.
This season, Brentford is vying for a European finish in the Premier League and is now ninth, six points behind fifth-place Newcastle. They have lost just four league matches all season and will compete with Fulham, Brighton, and Liverpool for a top-six spot.
Toney has been essential to Brentford’s success this season, and he would be sorely missed if he were to be suspended for an extended period of time. Bryan Mbeumo, with five goals, is the second leading scorer for the Bees, illustrating the dependence Thomas Frank’s squad has placed on its leader.
Speaking following his conviction in December, the Brentford manager said, “Of course we’ve tried to support him in the best possible way we can.”
“You’ve seen all the statements we’ve put out there but for me the most important thing is that, looking at the player and the person, he is focused on the football,” Frank added.
“He is training well, he is doing everything he can to prepare and be ready to score goals on Boxing Day against Tottenham.”