Gambling addict Ivan Toney bet on his own team to lose 13 times before mega ban
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Ivan Toney bet on his team to lose 13 times before he was handed an eight-month ban and a £50,000 fine by the FA this month.
The Brentford striker was charged with 232 separate breaches of FA gambling laws in November last year, before being charged with a further 30 breaches the following month, all of which took place between 2017 and 2021.
The FA released their written reasons for Toney's suspension on Friday, revealing that not only had the 27-year-old placed bets on his own team but that he'd also lied to the governing body when questioned about the charges earlier this year.
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The report stated that Toney did not play in any of the 13 matches in which he bet against his club, with 11 of them being made against Newcastle, his parent club, while he was on loan at Wigan during the 2017/18 season. He also informed a friend that he would start Wigan's next match in March 2018.
It was also revealed that Toney used other people's accounts to place bets when the charges were dealt, and he is suspected of having a separate mobile phone to place bets, which he did not hand over during the FA's investigation.
According to the report, the ban was reduced from 15 months to eight months because Toney pleaded guilty, and because he was diagnosed with a gambling addiction. It also stated the England star is now seeking professional help for the problem.
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The ban means Toney won't be able to play another match until January 2024, though he will be allowed to return to training in September, at the half-way point of the suspension.
It comes with the striker arguably at the top of his game after smashing 20 goals in 33 matches in the Premier League this season, attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
England boss Gareth Southgate, who handed Toney his debut earlier this year, questioned the length of the ban, fearing the player could become isolated during his seclusion.
"I have spoken with (Toney)," he said. "I don't know if that's allowed, by the way. If it isn't then they can ban me and not add to his ban. Look, the ban is the ban. It is what it is. He recognised and accepted the punishment. What bothers me is we've got to look after people.
"'He's injured at the moment. What does he do about getting fit? How do we give him some structure over the next few months that he can develop himself or be a better person at the end of it, or have experiences that he might not experience?"
He added: 'I don't like the idea that we just leave somebody so they are not allowed to be a part of the football community. I don't think that's how we should work, I don't think that's how the best rehabilitation programmes work."
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