The 26-year-old striker Ivan Toney, who is currently playing for Brentford in the Premier League , was charged with more than 30 illegal betting practices today after being charged with 232 FA betting rules in November. Once the allegations are verified, Tony will face a long-term or lifetime ban.
Tony joined Newcastle United in 2015. After being loaned out for 3 seasons, he transferred to the League One Peterborough United and played for 2 seasons. During this period, he played 94 games and contributed 49 goals. his worth. With his performance in League One, he attracted Brentford to invest in the introduction, and the two sides signed a five-year agreement in 2020. And Tony lived up to expectations, scoring 12 goals in 33 games in his first season to help Brentford get promoted to the Premier League.
So far this season, Tony has also scored 10 goals for the team, ranking third in the Premier League individual scorer list, but he was not selected for the England national team’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
However, since the beginning of last month, Tony has been accused of violating the FA’s football betting rules 232 times during the four years from 2017 to 2021. After being charged, he also stated that he is cooperating with the FA’s investigation.
Now, however, Tony will face more charges of illegal participation in gambling. He was charged with another 30 betting offenses by the FA today, with the latest allegations occurring between March 14, 2017 and February 18, 2019.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) December 20, 2022
At the same time, the FA also issued a statement urging Tony to respond to the allegations before Wednesday, January 4 next year, and notified Tony’s Brentford club.
Brentford officials stated that they are currently discussing the matter privately with Tony and the legal team and will not make any further relevant comments at this stage.
The FA’s strict betting rules
For the fairness and authenticity of the event, FIFA (FIFA) has football betting regulations for national football associations to curb match-fixing. Therefore, the English Football Association also holds strict betting rules like other national associations. Any coaches, players, directors, managers, agents and staff involved in professional competitions are strictly prohibited from engaging in football betting.
Once the violation is confirmed, it will face severe punishment such as suspension, fine or life ban.
Cases of England players who have breached the rules in the past
According to previous cases of the Football Association punishing players for participating in gambling, the 40-year-old Joey Barton was accused of being involved in as many as 1,260 football-related gambling behaviors during 10 years in 2017. After he pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to a ban of 18 games. months.
And in December 2020, the 32-year-old Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier was also banned by the FA for 10 weeks for taking part in football-related bets. If Tony is found guilty after investigation, he will face a fine and a serious suspension.