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Red card for double standards

The Guardian recently reported on the bizarre scenario of football club owners in the UK being allowed to place bets on football matches… while their employees are banned from doing likewise. This raises a ton of questions, writes Jon Bruford. Like how? Why? And who knew?

The story, which emerged in late September, has seen the governing body (the Football Association, or FA) accused of double standards after hanging Brentford player and diagnosed gambling addict, Ivan Toney, out to dry. This followed breaches of the player code of conduct.

Ironically, Matthew Benham, owner of Brentford FC, was named as one of the gamblers. The story states: “Benham is one of a select few multimillionaire club owners who enjoy an opaque arrangement with the FA that allows them to be involved in betting. The Guardian has seen evidence that appears to show that Benham has made money from bets on football placed in his own name, via a UK-based gambling syndicate called MSPP Admin. Benham said he abides ..

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Brentford’s Toney banned for eight months over betting breach

The English Football Association (FA) has issued an eight-month ban to Brentford striker Ivan Toney after ruling he breached its betting rules.

The ban is effective immediately and will run through until 16 January 2024, with Toney not permitted to return to training with his club until the final four months of the ban, beginning 17 September.

Toney, who has been capped by England once, was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and Toney admitted to the remaining 232.

FA Rule E8 states any player, match official or coach must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world.

News of the alleged breaches first broke in November when Toney posted a message on his social media account saying he was assisting the FA with an investigation.

Shortly afterwards the FA confirmed it had identified an initial 232 breaches before more breaches wer..

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English FA charges Accrington player over betting breach

The English Football Association (FA) has charged Accrington Stanley player Mitch Clark with a breach of its betting rules.

According to the FA, Clark placed 312 bets on football matches between 8 February 2022 and 10 March 2023.

This, the FA said, was in breach of Rule E8 on betting, which bans any player, match official and coaches from level eight and upwards in the English football pyramid from placing bets on games anywhere in the world.

As such, the FA charged Clark with misconduct, giving the defender until 17 May to issue a response.

Clark plays for Accrington Stanley, which was relegated from League One, the third tier of English club football, in the 2022-23 season. He was with the club for the entire period in which he placed the bets.

Prior to joining Accrington in the 2021-22 season, Clark played for Port Vale, while he also had spells with the youth teams of both Aston Villa and Leicester City.

Clark is the latest professional player to face betting charges from th..

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Brentford star Toney faces further FA charges over betting rule breaches

The English Football Association (FA) has issued more charges against Brentford striker Ivan Toney after uncovering further breaches of its betting rules.

Last month, Toney was charged with a breach of FA Rule E8, which states any player, match official or coach must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world.

Toney was initially found to have breached this rule 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021 – a period in which he was playing in leagues outside of the top tier Premier League in England.

Ahead of being issued with charges, Toney confirmed that he had been helping the FA with its investigation.

Following further investigation by the FA, the body now alleges that Toney breached this rule an additional 30 times between 14 March 2017 and 18 February 2019.

The striker is yet to publicly respond to the latest charge, but has until 4 January 2023 to provide a formal response.

Brentford FC acknowledged the char..

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English FA charges Brentford star Toney over 232 betting breaches

The English Football Association (FA) has charged Ivan Toney, who plays for English Premier League football club Brentford, with misconduct after ruling that he breached its strict betting regulations.

Toney last week admitted he was assisting the FA with an investigation amid newspaper reports he bet on football matches earlier in his career.

The Daily Mail said the FA has been investigating Toney for seven months over allegations he was betting on games during his time playing in the lower leagues. It is not thought Toney ever placed bets on the team he was playing for at the time to lose.

The FA has now confirmed Toney was charged after its investigation uncovered that he had breached betting rules 232 times between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.

The specific breach was in relation to FA Betting Rule E8, which states any player, match official or coach must not bet, either directly or indirectly, on any matters related to football anywhere in the world.

Though the FA did..

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