‘Brentford blast’ EPL Tony suspended for 8 months for ‘betting rule violation’

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Seol Ha-eun = Brentford goal scorer Ivan Tony, who scored 20 goals this season in the English Professional Football Premier League (EPL), received a heavy punishment of an eight-month suspension for violating betting rules.

The British BBC said on the 18th (Korean time), “The English Football Association (FA) fined Tony 50,000 pounds (about 83 million won) along with an eight-month suspension.”

As a result of this punishment, Tony can participate in training for his team after 4 months.

Tony admitted to violating the FA’s betting rules in March and appeared before the disciplinary committee.

The FA strictly prohibits players from directly betting or sharing information for betting purposes.

The FA reported that Tony violated the relevant rules 232 times and referred it to the disciplinary committee in November of last year, and in December, it took issue with an additional 30 cases.

Tony was investigated for betting while playing for Scunthorpe United, Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Brentford between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021.

Tony’s eight-month suspension is a huge blow for Brentford.

Brentford took third place in the 2020-2021 season championship (2nd division) and achieved promotion through the playoffs.

Last season, it ranked 13th and settled in the EPL, and this season, it is ranked 9th, 2 points behind Tottenham in 7th place and Aston Villa in 8th place (57 points).

Tony’s performance, which scored 31 goals in the 2020-2021 season, 12 goals last season and 20 goals this season, led Brentford’s rise.

In December 2020, when Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) moved the team from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid (Spain), he provided betting information about his transfer, and was suspended from the FA for 10 weeks.

In 2017, the current Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton, who played for Burnley, was found to have made 1,260 bets over 10 years and received a heavy punishment of 18 months suspension.This was later reduced to 13 months through a retrial.

Tony said on his social media (SNS), “I am disappointed with the disciplinary results. I will not comment further until the disciplinary committee announces the results in writing.” Thank you to the fans,” he said.

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