Chelsea transfer target hit with EIGHT-MONTH ban from football

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Chelsea transfer target and Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been banned from football for eight months following an independent investigation into 232 alleged betting breaches. He has also been fined £50,000.

The independent panel’s ruling means the 27-year-old is unable to represent his club or country until January 16, 2024, while he cannot return to team training until September of this year.

An FA statement read: “Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months, which runs up to and including 16 January 2024, fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct for breaches of The FA’s 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.

“His sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a personal hearing. He is permitted to return to training only with his club for the final four months of his suspension starting from 17 September 2023. The independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons for these sanctions will be published in due course, and The FA will wait to review them before commenting further.”