Ivan Toney believes he was made an instance of with betting ban

Ivan Toney believes he was made an instance of as a high-profile Premier League participant.

The Brentford striker was banned for eight months in Could after admitting 232 breaches of the Soccer Affiliation’s betting guidelines.

Talking to Steven Bartlett on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Toney claimed that his punishment was disproportionate in comparison with what earlier, lower-level gamers had been given for related offences.

“I really feel so, yeah,” he stated when requested if the FA had appeared to make an instance of him.

“I don’t assume it’s proper, no. We truly did have a look at some circumstances that have been considerably related or worse and their punishment wasn’t how mine is. The truth that I’m taking part in within the Premier League doing properly, sniffing spherical England, it’s form of like, ‘Proper, that is our likelihood to punish him’.”

Toney additionally felt the timing of the allegations being made public was linked to him being not noted of the England squad for final yr’s World Cup.

He stated: “I assume it comes right down to the allegations however personally I really feel it was a little bit of a questionable time after they determined to carry all of it out after which after they truly handled the state of affairs come the tip of the season.

“The largest punishment for me was lacking out on taking part in on the World Cup. I felt extra damage and down round that point, like someone’s out to get me to cease me from taking part in for England. That was the bottom level.”

Toney admitted he initially denied betting on soccer when confronted by the FA earlier than co-operating with the investigation, though he insisted he doesn’t bear in mind inserting bets on his personal group to lose.

“Within the 232 breaches there have been some bets I don’t recall making however I used to be prepared to take accountability simply to get the method throughout and finished with as a result of having that hovering over me and making an attempt to focus on my profession is way from one of the best feeling,” he stated.

The 27-year-old additionally claimed that utilizing another person to put bets for him was to cover how he was spending his cash from his mother and father somewhat than from the authorities.

Toney’s suspension was shorter than it may have been, with the FA bearing in mind his prognosis as a playing addict.

“You by no means consider the negatives,” he stated. “Being on the cash I used to be on, it was like, ‘It’s wonderful, I’ll get it again on the again finish of the month’. It was simply ready for pay day.

“My stubbornness comes into play and it was form of like, ‘No, I’m wonderful, I can cease once I wish to cease’. You don’t permit your self to consider it. I really feel prefer it’s 50-50. You possibly can have stopped however the thrill is what retains you going.”

Toney, who has three younger kids, insisted he has now stopped playing, saying: “I believe it’s being within the public eye. If I used to be going into these locations (betting outlets), I believe it’s extra the embarrassment. I wouldn’t permit myself.

“You are taking a again seat and have a look at all the cash you’ve misplaced and what it may have gone on, and particularly now having folks to offer for. I see that as being naive.”

Toney is banned till January 16 and he’s not allowed to coach along with his team-mates or spend time at Brentford till September 17.

“I really feel just like the laborious half is now as a result of proper now I’d be taking part in soccer matches and I can’t even be across the gamers and on the soccer floor,” he stated.

“If I wasn’t as robust as I used to be in my head, that will break some folks. We discuss psychological well being, what’s that doing to a participant that’s not allowed within the atmosphere? How is that going to assist them?”

Toney thanked Brentford boss Thomas Frank and England supervisor Gareth Southgate for his or her help and vowed to return again stronger.

He added: “Not that I have to show anyone unsuitable however there’s a variety of haters and doubters on the market pondering, ‘He ain’t going to be the identical when he comes again’.

“Really they’re proper, I’m going to be a unique man, I’m going to be even higher than that man that scored these objectives earlier than. I’m constructed totally different, my mentality’s totally different.

“I wish to be taking part in for England and scoring objectives. I wish to be the primary man wherever I am going. I do know we’ve received Harry Kane, who might be the most effective strikers on this planet if not one of the best, and that’s what I’m up towards, so I have to get to that degree.”