Footballer Harry Toffolo Handed Suspended Ban for Betting Breaches
The English Football Association (FA), the governing organization in the country, has announced that top-flight footballer Harry Toffolo has accepted multiple breaches of betting rules and has been handed a five-month ban.
Toffolo, who plays for English Premier League side Nottingham Forest, admitted to 375 breaches of the FA rule E1(b). This rule states players are not allowed to provide information that is not publicly known to anyone for the purposes of betting.
These are historic offenses relating to a five-year period between 2014 and 2018, where the footballer routinely placed wagers on football matches.
The case was heard by the Independent Regulatory Commission, and following Toffolo’s
admission, the commission gave the player a suspended five-month ban and also a fine of £20,956.22. The ban is suspended until the end of the 2024-25 season. The Regulatory Commission has stated that it will give written clarification of its decision at a later date.
Nottingham Forest’s Harry Toffolo has been given a five-month suspension, which has been suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season, and £20,956.22 fine for misconduct in relation to our betting rules. The defender admitted that he breached FA Rule E1(b) 375 times between 22 January 2014 and 18 March 2017, and an independent Regulatory Commission imposed his sanc-tions following a hearing.
High Profile Bans Serve as Stark Warning
Toffolo is the latest high-profile professional top-flight footballer to be banned following breaches of the rules that prohibit gambling on football matches.
It comes hot on the heels of the lengthy ban handed out to Ivan Toney, who plays for the English Premier League side Brentford. Toney has just completed the training ban he received as part of an overall eight-month ban for multiple betting breaches on many football matches over a period of several years.
The Brentford striker was issued with a £50,000 fine and is due to return to playing after January 16th, 2024 date when he has completed his ban period.