Brentford star Toney faces further FA charges over betting rule breaches

| By Robert Fletcher
The English Football Association (FA) has issued more charges against Brentford striker Ivan Toney after uncovering further breaches of its betting rules.
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Last month, Toney was charged with a breach of FA Rule E8, which states any player, match official or coach must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world.

Toney was initially found to have breached this rule 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021 – a period in which he was playing in leagues outside of the top tier Premier League in England.

Ahead of being issued with charges, Toney confirmed that he had been helping the FA with its investigation.

Following further investigation by the FA, the body now alleges that Toney breached this rule an additional 30 times between 14 March 2017 and 18 February 2019.

The striker is yet to publicly respond to the latest charge, but has until 4 January 2023 to provide a formal response.

Brentford FC acknowledged the charge in a statement and confirmed it remains in private discussions with Toney and his legal representatives on the matter. The club added that it would not be making any further comment at this time.

Ivan Toney career

Toney, 26, joined Brentford at the start of the 2020-21 season, helping the team secure promotion from the second-tier Championship to the Premier League, scoring 31 league goals in the process.

Prior to this, he spent two years playing for Peterborough United in League One, after a series of loan spells at other lower league clubs while with Newcastle United. 

He only made four senior appearances during his time with Newcastle, having joined the club from League Two side Northampton Town, where he began his career.

Toney was among the players being considered for the English national squad ahead of the recent 2022 Fifa World Cup but missed out on the squad despite scoring 10 league goals this season.

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