Ivan Toney set for LENGTHY BAN after ‘pleading guilty’ to betting charges

Brentford striker Ivan Toney looks set for a ‘lengthy’ playing ban after reportedly pleading guilty to multiple charges of betting on football.

WHAT HAPPENED? The 26-year-old is facing 262 charges from the Football Association (FA) relating to gambling on the game – which date back to 2017 – and the Daily Mail reports that he has pleaded guilty to many of them.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The charges were issued in December and it’s said Toney will face an FA hearing ‘imminently’, with a ban expected to be imposed before the season finishes. Precedent set by cases involving the likes of Joey Barton – who was banned for 18 months (reduced to 13) after admitting placing 1260 bets on football – means that Toney can likely expect a suspension from all football for a number of months.

It is reported that Toney – whose 14 goals in the Premier League this season have propelled Brentford to ninth place – is ‘resigned’ to receiving a ban and will accept his fate.