Banned Brentford striker diagnosed with gambling addiction
Brentford striker Ivan Toney was given a reduced ban from football because of a diagnosed gambling addiction.
Earlier this month Toney was banned for eight months after he accepted breaking Football Association betting rules.
A psychiatry expert who gave evidence to the FA’s regulatory commission diagnosed Toney with a gambling addiction and concluded he needed professional help.
As a result, the commission reduced his 11-month sanction by three months.
In its written reasons explaining its sanction, published on Friday, the commission said Toney had admitted repeatedly lying during his initial interviews with the FA.
It added he had since ceased gambling on football, though not on other sports, and is “determined to address his gambling problem with therapy”.