Posting date: 13 July 2023 06:48h
Last updated: July 13, 2023 at 06:48h
He faced 232 counts of misconduct, which could be a hint as to what’s coming now that Harry Toffolo faces 375 counts. Harry Toffolo could face 375 counts, as he faced 232 counts. He must respond to multiple allegations of violations of the Football Association betting rules. The FA is investigating Nottingham Forest’s defender after he allegedly placed more than 375 wagers between January 22, 2014. and March 18, 2017. During those four years, Toffolo was with Norwich City, but was loaned out to several teams, including Swindon Town, Rotherham United and others.
Toffolo allegedly violated FA rules that prohibit players from betting or sharing information with others that might affect bets. He has until July 19 to respond to the charges.
It isn’t clear how Toffolo may have violated the rules or how the FA learned of his actions. Toney’s betting was more recent (2021-2022) and therefore easier to track. Lewis O’Brien was also part of the deal, and both players were heading to their new clubs for a total of PS10 million ($13.02m). While not an excuse, an argument could be made that his youthful immaturity could have led him to not understand his actions.
There’s also an argument that the FA must take some responsibility, as well. In response to the organization’s tweet, Thomas Bradley pointed out, “Serious amount of irony here as the FA plastered Ladbrokes – and other betting providers before then – everywhere as an official partner during the entire period of the alleged offences.”
Toney’s sentence was reduced after it was revealed that he suffered from gambling addiction. Toney was supposed to be banned for 15 months but the FA reduced his sentence because he admitted his guilt. If the charges against Toffolo are similar to Toney’s, he knows what he might expect from the investigation.
Toney and Toffolo aren’t the only English soccer players to run into trouble with the FA. Newcastle’s Kieran trippier also broke the rules while he was playing for Atletico Madrid in Spain. He received a 10 week ban. Several people pointed fingers in the comments following the FA announcement. Many people called for the FA’s investigation of Sam Hoskins and Jonjo Shelvey. NFL also handed out a number of bans for violating league betting rules. The NCAA is also starting to see issues. As part of the fallout from the high-profile case involving University of Alabama baseball, the organization told the
Associated PressJuly 12, 2023
this week that it has uncovered 175 violations.
Those are only what it has been able to determine since 2018 – there are potentially more violations it will never find. The NCAA currently has 17 investigations open, but will not reveal who is involved. The problem does not seem to be widespread. The AP reported that around 13,000 sporting events, or less than 0.25%, had been flagged as suspicious. Out of that percentage, only a fraction had “specific, actionable information.”