Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney promised to return to “playing the game I love” after being banned from all football-related activity for eight months over breaches of betting rules.
The Brentford FC forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 in total between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.
Toney has been linked with a summer move to both Chelsea and Arsenal but that has now been put into doubt after his ban was made official, the 27-year-old England international was also fined £50 000.
Toney is not the first high-profile player to be banned for offences related to betting.
England defender Kieran Trippier, now with Newcastle, was banned for 10 weeks and fined £70 000 by the FA in 2020 after giving out information for others to bet on his transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.