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Toney blasts FA for ‘leaking’ his guilty plea


IVAN TONEY hit out at the FA last night after reports he is set to be banned for breaching gambling rules and demanded that the governing body conduct a leak investigat­ion.

The Brentford striker, 26, is facing a lengthy ban before the end of the season after pleading guilty to multiple breaches, but contesting others — as revealed by Sportsmail. He has been charged with 262 breaches in total.

And after news broke on Tuesday, the England man wrote on Instagram last night: ‘I was shocked and disappoint­ed to see press speculatio­n yesterday and today about the FA investigat­ion process concerning me after I have been told by the FA that it is a confidenti­al process until any decision has been made.

‘It is especially disturbing for me to read that the FA is saying I shall be banned from football for six months before there has even been a hearing, and it does make me worried about the process.’ Toney, who is set to be ruled out of England’s Nations League matches against Italy and Ukraine as the process continues, called on the

FA to investigat­e the source of the leaks, after being upset by the way the initial story of his betting charges became public.

‘My lawyers will be writing to the FA to request that they conduct a leak inquiry,’ said Toney.

‘This is the second time stories have appeared in the newspapers — the last times was just before the selection of the England World Cup squad.’

 ?? REX FEATURES ?? Facing ban: Toney has admitted breaching FA betting rules
REX FEATURES Facing ban: Toney has admitted breaching FA betting rules

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