Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney charged with 232 counts of breaching betting rules

16 November 2022, 17:50 | Updated: 16 November 2022, 18:39

Ivan Toney playing for Brentford against Manchester City
Ivan Toney playing for Brentford against Manchester City. Picture: Getty
Fran Way

By Fran Way

Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney has been charged with 232 counts of breaching betting rules.

The 26-year-old Brentford FC forward, who failed to make the cut for the England World Cup squad last week, is alleged to have broken the rules between February 2017 and January 2021.

He has until Thursday to respond to the charges.

Brentford FC made a statement tonight, saying: "The Club has been in discussion with Ivan and his legal representatives about this matter and those conversations will continue privately.

"We will make no further comment until the matter has been completed."

He has been accused of breaking FA Rule E8, which is broken down into seven parts and states: "Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person."

On the FA website, it explains: "If you attempt to match fix, or breach the FA betting rules, or pass on inside information, you are likely to get caught and receive a FA charge. The FA has the power to interview you and to require you to produce records such as itemised phone bills, betting account statements and bank statements."

If found guilty, then this can lead to financial penalties, suspensions, and in some instances, lifetime bans.

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