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Breach Of Betting Rules: Brentford Star Toney Banned For 8 Months

Ivan Toney, Brentford and England striker, has been banned from football for eight months due to betting offences.

The 27-year-old will not be able to play for his club or England until January 16, 2024, as a result of his ban.

Toney was charged with 232 breaches of the FA’s gambling laws between 2017 and 2021 last November, with the FA adding a further 30 charges that took place between 2017 and 2019 the following month before they were subsequently withdrawn.

He has also been fined £50,000 after admitting to 232 of the alleged breaches.

An FA statement read: ‘Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football and football-related activity with immediate effect for eight months, which runs up to and including 16 January 2024, fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct for breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules.

‘The Brentford FC forward was charged with 262 breaches of FA Rule E8 in total between 25 February 2017 and 23 January 2021. The FA subsequently withdrew 30 of these breaches and he admitted to the remaining 232.’

An independent regulatory commission imposed Toney’s sanctions and he will not be allowed to train with his Brentford team-mates until September 17.

The one-cap England forward has scored 21 goals in 35 appearances for Brentford this season.

The FA statement continued: ‘His sanctions were subsequently imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission following a personal hearing.

‘He is permitted to return to training only with his club for the final four months of his suspension starting from 17 September 2023″, the statement read in parts.

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Manchester United cancel end of Season dinner party

Manchester United football club of England have cancelled the club’s traditional end of season awards dinner following the club’s disappointing campaign.

According to a report by The Athletic, the club said they do not want to provide any distractions ahead of the upcoming FA Cup final against Manchester City.

The club usually host a dinner at their Old Trafford stadium at the end of the season in order to present awards including the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award, as well as recognition for young talent that broke through the ranks.

The award dinner is attended by the first team for the men’s and women’s teams, and academy players, coaching staff, club staff, supporters and sponsors.

However, United have suffered a hugely disappointing season, leaving manager Erik Ten Hag fighting for his future.

The club were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage before Christmas. They are eighth in the Premier League table, having lost fourteen matches and are scrambling to qualify for a place in the Europa League or Europa Conference League.

United are yet to face neighbours Manchester City in the FA Cup final at the end of the month, which woild be their only success story this season if they win the match.

The club say that United’s dinner for this year had originally been scheduled for May 20, in the week leading up to the final against City on May 25

But The Athletic reports that following consultation with Ten Hag and the football leadership team, “it has been decided that the players should not have any distractions in the week of the game.”

“The players will still receive awards voted by their peers, coaches and fans but there will not be an awards dinner.”

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NFF unveils Finidi George as Super Eagles head coach

Finidi George has been unveiled as new head coach of the Super Eagles.

The 53-year-old was unveiled at the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation in Abuja on Monday.

Nigeria’s Sports Minister, John Enoh, NFF president Ibrahim Gusau and secretary general of the soccer house, Mohammed Sanusi, were among the dignitaries that were present at the unveiling ceremony.

The unveiling ceremony will kick-start Finidi’s reign in charge of the three-time African champions.

The former Ajax and Real Betis winger was an assistant to former handler of the team, Jose Peseiro for 20 months.

He handled the Super Eagles as caretaker coach for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali in March

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Gov. Abiodun congratulates Tobi Amusan on Jamaica Athletics invitational win

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has congratulated the World record holder, Tobi Amusan, for emerging as the fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles this year after running a blistering 12.40s to win the first Jamaica Athletics Invitational in Kingston.

Amusan won the race ahead of Jamaican and World Champion, Danielle Williams.

Abiodun, in a congratulatory message, described Amusan as a woman of strong will and character, adding that the athlete has made Ogun State and Nigeria proud for her exceptional talent and skill.

“On behalf of the government and the good people of Ogun State, I heartily congratulate our illustrious daughter, Tobi Amusan, as she emerged as the fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles for the year 2024, after running a blistering 12.40s to win the first Jamaica Athletics Invitational in Kingston.

“Winning the race ahead of Jamaican and world champion, Danielle Williams clearly x-rayed her tenacious tendency and strong will for optimal performance.

“We are indeed proud of her as a worthy ambassador and priceless export from our dear State,” the governor averred

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