Ivan Toney’s gambling has ruined his athletic career.
The shocking news broke today (Nov. 18). His club, Brentford, announced on their website, “The club wishes to inform you of the eight-month ban from football and football-related activities imposed on Tony by an independent regulatory committee. Tony has been charged with a breach of Football Association (FA) Regulation E8.” Tony has also been fined £50,000 (approximately $82.14 million).
The English international made his professional debut with Northampton Town in the English fourth tier. He spent three seasons there before moving to Newcastle United, where he failed to make an impact. It wasn’t until he moved to Peterborough in the 2018-19 season that he began to show his potential. At the time, he exploded onto the scene with 40 goals in two seasons.
This led to a move to Brentford in the summer of 2020. Brentford were in the EFL Championship (second tier) at the time, and Tony broke the EFL’s all-time goalscoring record with 33 goals and 10 assists, winning top scorer and player of the year honors. Tony’s performance helped Brentford secure promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time in 74 years.
In his first EPL campaign, Tony scored 12 goals and provided five assists to help the team stay up. This season has been even better. With 20 EPL goals to date, he’s third in scoring behind Elling Holland (36) and Harry Kane (27).
With a call-up to the England national soccer team, it looked like a big club was on the horizon, but Tony was banned for eight months for gambling. Even more shockingly, it was revealed that he was a gambling addict and had even bet on his team’s losses while gambling 안전놀이터.
“The FA said Tony had bet on his team losing 13 times in seven different matches between August 2017 and March 2018,” the BBC reported. Eleven were against his former team, Newcastle, and the other two were against Wigan Athletic, where he was on loan. The FA said it reduced his punishment from 11 months to eight months due to his ‘genuine remorse’ and a diagnosis of gambling addiction.”
The good news is that Tony didn’t do anything to manipulate the outcome of the match to favor his bet. An FA spokesperson said: “There is no evidence that Tony influenced or was in a position to influence his team to lose when he placed the bet. He was not in the squad or eligible to play at the time.”
In the wake of the report, Tony took to his personal social media accounts to say, “I’m going to tell you everything, no filters.”