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Ivan Toney bet on his own team to lose 13 times

Ivan Toney bet on his own team to lose 13 times

The reasons behind Ivan Toney's eight-month ban have now been revealed with the FA's full report explaining the extent of his gambling.

The full details of Ivan Toney's gambling have been revealed, with the Brentford striker said to have placed 13 bets against his own team.

Toney was banned by the FA for eight months after a long investigation into bets placed on football by the England striker.

The exact details of the issues had not been known but the FA have now published their full report which shows that the 27-year-old initially lied about betting and providing insider information.

According to the report the former Newcastle United striker bet on the Magpies losing on seven occasions, although he was on loan at Wigan Athletic and didn't play for Newcastle during the period he bet against them although they were his parent club.

"Of those 29 bets, there were 13 bets on Mr Toney’s own team to lose in 7 different matches between 22 August 2017 and 3 March 2018," the FA's statement read.

"Mr Toney did not play in any of those matches where he placed bets against his loan club as he was not in the match squad or against his parent club as he was on loan.

"Of the 13 bets 11 were against Newcastle whilst Mr Toney was on loan at another club. The other 2 bets related to a game between Wigan v Aston Villa whilst the player was on loan at Wigan but he was not part of the squad.

"A further 15 of the 126 bets or instructions to bet were placed by Mr Toney to score in 9 different matches all of which he played in."

Brentford put out their own statement on Friday in reply to the news. "Brentford FC has received and accepted the written reasons of an independent Regulatory Commission that handed Ivan Toney an eight-month ban from all football and football-related activity after he admitted breaches of FA Rule E8, relating to placing bets on football," the Premier League club said.

"The judgement has been published on the FA website. Ivan and Brentford FC accept that offences were committed, and sanctions were inevitable.

"The commission noted that none of the charges related to events where Ivan could negatively impact his own team."

Toney can't play or train until next January. Image: Alamy
Toney can't play or train until next January. Image: Alamy

Amongst the other revelations from the report were the striker telling a friend that he was going to start his team's next game in March 2018.

He also used a friend's account to place bets after initially denying allegations and lied during his first interview with the FA about the bets.

The FA also revealed that the former Peterborough United striker had been diagnosed with a gambling addiction and advised to seek help.

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has previously had help for the addiction and revealed he didn't believe the striker should have got such a long ban.

Toney will not be allowed to train or play until January next year, with national team manager Gareth Southgate also saying recently he felt the punishment was wrong.

The forward had been considered a potential signing for both Chelsea and Manchester United this summer which has certainly been thrown into doubt with his ban.

Despite not being available for the first half of the season, some Chelsea fans have still called on Todd Boehly to bring the player to Stamford Bridge.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Brentford, FA, Football, Newcastle United, Premier League, Ivan Toney