Ivan Toney promises ‘no filter’ response after FA releases reasons for betting ban
van Toney said he would respond ‘unfiltered’ after the FA released the written reasons for the striker’s long ban.
The 27-year-old is suspended from playing for eight months and cannot train with Brentford until mid-September, having admitted 232 of the 262 offenses he was charged with at the end of last year.
It has now emerged that Toney placed 13 bets on his own club to lose in seven games between August 2017 and March 2018, despite not appearing in any of those games.
The commission concluded: “There is no evidence that Mr Toney did or even was able to influence his own team to lose when he placed bets against them winning. He was not in the squad or eligible to play at the time.
Toney’s ban was reduced by three months due to a diagnosed gambling addiction, the commission believing this explained his “lack of control” when betting and determined that the attacker would undergo therapy during the summer.
Had Toney not admitted to the charges, his ban would have been 15 months, but the judgment referenced his “sincere remorse” and previous good behavior off the court as factors taken into account.
Toney reacted for the first time since the release of the written reasons, posting a brief message on social media.
“I’ll be talking unfiltered soon,” he tweeted.
Toney later posted on Instagram, “I used to rush to defend myself against false accusations, but now I’m watching to see who believes it so I know who to cut first.”