Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for the next eight months for breaching Football Association betting rules.
He will not be involved in any football activity until January 16, 2024.
The Brentford and England striker has been charged with 232 breaches of FA betting rules and fined £50,000.
The 27-year-old will now miss the remainder of the Bees’ season as they look to secure a top-half Premier League finish and cannot return to training until September 17.
The FA statement read-
“Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months.
“The Brentford forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 between February 25, 2017 and January 23, 2021.
“The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
“The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for these sanctions will be published in due course and the FA will wait to review them before commenting further.”
The one-cap England forward has scored 21 goals in 35 appearances for Brentford this season. Furthermore, he has the right to appeal the punishment.
In a statement, Brentford said they were awaiting the publication of the written reasons of the independent regulatory commission. We will review them before considering our next steps.
Thomas Frank’s side travel to Tottenham on Sunday. However, they will have to make do without their leading goalscorer who has netted 20 times in the English top flight this season.
cc: Sky Sports