Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s case is now back in the hands of the FA after he admitted breaching betting rules. It means the 26-year-old is potentially facing a lengthy ban. Toney was charged with 23 breaches in November and a further 30 in December.
It is understood he has admitted many of the offences but is contesting others. FA rule E8 bans players from betting on games or sharing information for betting purposes.
The forward has scored 14 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, helping Brentford to ninth in the table and leaving them in contention for European qualification.
However, any ban for Toney could dent their chances of playing European football next season.
It would also affect the forward’s chances of an England call-up with European Championship qualification games against Ukraine and Italy coming up in March.
The FA will now go through his response before issuing a hearing date. It will be then down to an Independent Regulatory Commission to reach a verdict and issue a subsequent punishment.
The commission will decide whether to dismiss or uphold the charges denied by Ivan Toney, based on the evidence.
They will then take a cumulative look at all the offences before deciding his punishment.