Brentford striker Evan Tony He was suspended for eight months by the FA on Wednesday for breaching betting rules.
The FA said the England international was banned “from all football-related activities with immediate effect” until January 16, 2024. He was also fined £50,000 ($62,000).
Tony faced 262 charges of violating the Football Association’s betting rules between late February 2017 and late January 2021, but the Football Association said it had “withdrew 30 of these offenses and admitted the remaining 232”.
The Football Association said Tony’s penalty was imposed by an “independent organizing committee after a personal hearing”.
Tony has scored 20 goals in the Premier League this season, only coming late Manchester City Erling Halland And spurs Harry Kane in scoring charts. It debuted in England In March in the European Championship qualifiers vs Ukraine.
“I’m naturally disappointed that I won’t be able to play for the next eight months,” Toni said in a statement on Twitter. “The written reasons for the committee’s decision have not yet been published, so I have no further comment at this stage other than to thank my family and friends, Brentford FC and our fans for their continued support, during what has been a very difficult time.
“Now I’m focused on getting back to playing the game that I love next season.”
Tony will be allowed to return to training with his club for the last four months of his suspension.
Brentford also said it would await written sanction reasons from the Football Association “before considering our next steps”.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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