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England striker Evan Dhoni has been banned for 8 months

England striker Evan Dhoni has been banned for 8 months

Evan Toney Darren Staples / AFP

The Brentford player was banned for eight months after a case of illegal sports betting between 2017 and 2021.

Premier League club Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been banned by the FA for eight months after admitting multiple breaches of sports betting regulations, the FA announced on Wednesday. “Evan Toney has been suspended from football and all activities surrounding it with immediate effect for eight months until 16 January 2024”, the FA wrote, adding that the 27-year-old must pay a fine of £50,000. pounds (57,000 euros)

Between February 2017 and January 2021, Toney admitted on 232 occasions that he breached a rule banning betting on football matches or passing on information that was not public to sportsmen who bet. The sanction was decided by an independent commission after the player’s investigation.

The England international, who played nine minutes in a Three Lions jersey in the final qualifier for next Euros against Ukraine, could resume training with his club halfway through the suspension or in mid-September.

The third highest goalscorer in the Premier League with 20 goals (including 6 penalties), Toni is likely to appeal the punishment, as is the federation, if they feel the punishment is insufficient.

Brentford, his club in 9th place in the Championship, indicated in a press release that he would wait for the written reasons for his assessment before “deciding on next steps”.

In 2020, international full-back Kieran Trippier was suspended for ten weeks after four infringements that have always been controversial over his move to Atletico Madrid.

In 2018, former Liverpool international striker Daniel Sturridge was suspended for four months after sending information to relatives about a potential transfer in 2018.

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