Brentford’s striker, Ivan Toney, has been diagnosed as a gambling addict. The 27-year-old England star admitted to placing bets on his own club to lose 13 times, leading to his diagnosis.
Toney, who could have faced a 15-month penalty, confessed to lying to the FA about his football betting activities and providing insider information to a friend during a game. However, The Sun reported on Friday that his ban was reduced by half after he admitted his guilt.
According to the FA report, Toney placed 13 bets on his own team to lose in seven different matches between August 22, 2017, and March 3, 2018. It is important to note that Toney did not participate in any of those matches where he placed bets against his loan club because he was either not in the match squad or on loan at his parent club.
Out of the 13 bets, 11 were against Newcastle while Toney was on loan at another club. The remaining two bets were related to a game between Wigan and Aston Villa while the player was on loan at Wigan, but he did not make it into the squad.
Furthermore, Toney placed an additional 15 out of 126 bets, or instructions to bet, on himself to score in nine different matches, all of which he participated in.
Brentford has acknowledged the FA report and imposed an eight-month ban from all football-related activities on Ivan Toney, as stated by the Independent Regulatory Commission.