It’s been the news that we, as Bees fans, had feared for month now: the FA have finally reached a verdict on the betting allegations. Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football-related activity for eight months for breaching Football Association betting rules.
The suspension will start with immediate effect, and although he missed the weekend game with West Ham with a hamstring injury, he will certainly miss Brentford’s final two games of the season – at Tottenham on Saturday and at home to Manchester City on the final day.
The ban, if not reduced as part of any appeal, will last until January 16, 2024. Toney has also been fined £50,000 after he admitted to the alleged breaches. He was charged with 262 breaches of FA rule E8 between February 25, 2017, and January 23, 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
Toney will not be allowed to train with his Brentford team-mates until September 17.
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