‘He was trying to take advantage of our fall’: Newcastle fans SLAM Ivan Toney as Brentford striker bet Magpies to lose 11 times, with full reasons for his eight-month ban revealed this morning
Newcastle United fans have slammed Ivan Toney after the full reasons for his eight-month football ban were released this morning.
The striker has been diagnosed with an add-on after breaking 232 betting rules.
In the FA’s explosive written report, released today, it is revealed that Toney:
- Placed 13 bets on own team between August 2017 and March 2018, including 11 against parent club Newcastle while on loan at Wigan
- Told a friend he would start his club’s next game in March 2018
- Used other people’s accounts to place bets despite initially denying the allegations
- Admitted to lying in first FA interview when asked about gambling charges
- Suspected of having a separate mobile phone for placing bets, which he did not hand over to the FA when they investigated.
- Still betting on other sports and casino games and ‘committed to solving his gambling problem with therapy’ during the ban
In the FA report, it was also revealed that the forward didn’t play in any of the games he bet against his parent club.
A section of the FA report on Friday said: “Of these 29 bets, there were 13 bets on Mr Toney’s own team to lose in 7 different matches between 22nd August 2017 and 3rd March 2018.”
Newcastle fans have slammed Ivan Toney after the full reasons for his eight-month football ban were revealed
The striker played for the club between 2015 and 2018 before leaving to join Peterborough
“Mr. Toney did not play in any of those matches where he placed bets against his loan club as he was not in the match squad or against his parent club as he was on loan.
“Of the 13 bets, 11 were against Newcastle while Mr Toney was on loan at another club. The other 2 bets were for a game between Wigan vs Aston Villa when the player was on loan at Wigan but not in the squad.
“Another 15 of 126 bets or betting instructions were placed by Mr. Toney to score in 9 different matches in which he all played.
“All of these 15 bets or betting instructions were initiated by Mr. Toney at a time when it would not have been public knowledge that he was starting or playing in the match.”
After 13 goals in 60 appearances for Northampton Town, Toney signed for Newcastle in the Premier League in 2015. However, the Englishman spent most of his career on loan at Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Wigan Athletic and Scunthorpe United before signing for Peterborough. United on a permanent contract in 2018.
Between August 2017 and March 2018, 11 of those 13 own team bets were against Newcastle.
Now Newcastle fans have had their say on the matter.
One user wrote: “Ivan Toney bet us to lose 11 times while on loan, smart bet at the time to be fair.”
“Toney was trying to take advantage of our downfall while on loan at other clubs,” another user tweeted.
Another fan seemed to find the funny side of it, tweeting: ‘Ivan Toney betting on Newcastle to lose while still on our books is hilariously understated tbf.’
In the 2017/18 season, Newcastle finished 10th in the league, with just 12 wins from 38 games.
The Magpies, who lost 18 games that season, finished level on points with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
During that season, Toney spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic, before joining Scunthorpe United on a short-term contract for the remainder of the season in January.
A Newcastle fan was quick to criticize the lack of minutes the striker had played for the club, tweeting: “Ivan Toney placed more bets against #NUFC (11) than he played minutes in the Premier League for the club (10).”
‘Ivan Toney bet on #NUFC to lose 11 times while under contract with the club.
“I bet he made a fortune,” tweeted another user.
Toney’s ban, which is one of the longest in football history, was originally set to last 15 months before the FA reduced the suspension by nearly half following his diagnosis of gambling addiction.
Following this morning’s news, Brentford have pledged to offer their support to the striker through his gambling addiction.
The ban will prevent Toney from playing again until January 16 next year, reflecting both the number of offenses and the fact that bets were placed over a long four-year period between February 2017 and January 2021.
It’s also been confirmed that the striker won’t be allowed to train until September.