Evan Toney has been suspended from football activities for eight months by the Football Association after breaching its gambling policy. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Evan Toney was suspended by the Football Association
Brentford striker Evan Toney was suspended for eight months by the English Football Association on Wednesday for violating its gambling policy.
The suspension “runs until 16 January 2024,” and Tony was also fined £50,000 (US$62,415) and warned about his future conduct for breaches of The Football Association’s betting rules, “ Football Association Advertisement.
Charged with 262 gambling rule violations between February 2017 and January 2021
Tony, 27, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation that began in 2022. He was charged with 262 gambling rule violations between February 2017 and January 2021, but 30 of those were later struck off. He admitted the remaining 232 offenses.
Tony was having a fantastic season, scoring 21 times including 20 league goals, and providing five assists for a total of 26 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions. His club Brentford, which is in its second consecutive year in the top flight of English football after an absence of 74 years, is ninth in the Premier League table and four points behind European qualification with two matches remaining.
Tony has already missed England’s World Cup call-up in November with uncertainty about his future hanging over his head. He has also recently been linked with high-profile transfers to English clubs Manchester United and Chelsea, among others, but those too now hang in the balance.