Breaking the rules once is bad. “But why stop there,” you can imagine Ivan Toney saying, probably because he breached FA rules 262 times when it came for sports betting. This resulted in the Brentford striker being suspended from all team activity for the next eight months – less than a day per breach.
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Tony had 262 breaches between February 2017 and January 2021, as not even the pandemic could stop the former England international from betting on sports! ESPN reported In March, Tony admitted wrongdoing to the FA’s disciplinary panel. FA 30 withdrawn in terms of violations, while Tony admitted to 232 others.
Tony not only bets on games in the Premier League with Brentford, but also as a member of Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United.
Before being disciplined by the FA, 27-year-old Tony was in consideration to represent England at last year’s World Cup and made his debut for the Three Lions against Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifying match last March. Toni has 21 goals this season for Brentford and now he will have to wait a long time before getting back on the pitch. Toney’s suspension comes a week after nearly a dozen players were suspended in Brazil and the United States match fixing,
“Today I was informed of my eight-month ban from football following a hearing before the FA Regulatory Commission,” he said. “I am naturally disappointed that I will not be able to play for the next eight months. The written reasons for the Commission’s decision have not yet been published, so I make no further comment at this point other than to thank my family and friends, Brentford Football Club and our fans for their continued support, which has been enormous. Times have been tough.”
Brentford FC too issued a statement,