Ivan Toney of Brentford has been charged with betting offenses; the Football Association reported this past week. The announcement follows Toney’s exclusion from England’s roster for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The announcement reads, “Ivan Toney has been charged with misconduct concerning alleged violations of The FA’s Betting Rules. “Ivan Toney has until Thursday, November 24, 2022, to respond to the allegations that the Brentford FC forward violated FA Rule E8 232 between February 25, 2017, and January 23, 2021.”
Several betting-related scenarios are covered under Rule E8, including betting on football-related events “either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, induce, or enable any person to bet on.” It is yet unknown precisely what Toney did to break rule E8, which states that players are not permitted to give anyone “knowledge relevant to football which the Participant has gained by his or her standing within the game and which is not officially available at that time.”
Toney is currently the third-highest scorer in the Premier League with ten goals, trailing only Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Erling Haaland of Manchester City (18). (12). It was unexpected that he did not make the national team, but Mark Bullingham, the head of the Football Association, informed the BBC that Toney was “certainly available for selection.”
Toney was not selected based on football criteria, according to Bullingham.
Brentford also recently issued a statement, but until the subject is resolved, it won’t offer any more commentary.
The notification adds, “Brentford FC has been advised that Ivan Toney has been charged with violations of FA Rule E8.” “The Club has spoken with Ivan and his attorneys regarding this subject, and those discussions will continue discreetly,” the statement reads.