England star Ivan Toney is facing a betting scandal. His misdemeanor could cost the 26-year-old his participation in the World Cup, which he thought was safe.
Is English football facing a betting scandal?
The Sun reports that the English FA is investigating Premier League star, Ivan Toney. The Brentford FC striker, who is currently fourth on the all-time scoring list with eight goals in 13 games, is suspected of betting on sports, which is forbidden for professionals.
The placing of bets by a third party is also not permitted. However, these were allegedly placed before his time at Brentford, which are currently bottom of the table.
The 26-year-old joined the London club in 2020 and has developed into an absolute goalscorer this season.
Only Harry Kane scored more goals among all English professionals – which is why Toney is considered a candidate for the World Cup in Qatar. The new international was called up for the first time by England coach Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions in the last international period but failed to make an appearance.
Is Toney facing a World Cup exit?
The investigation could now end his dream of World Cup participation. Toney has now commented on the allegations himself via Twitter: “I have been assisting the Football Association with their investigation and will have no comment until that investigation is complete,” the striker said.
Despite the threat of proceedings, Toney has by no means ticked off his World Cup participation: “I’m a proud Englishman and it’s always been my dream to play for my country in a World Cup.”
England will face Iran, the USA, and Wales in Group B of the World Cup.