Three Lions ace Ivan Toney hands mobile to FA investigators looking into match-betting claims.

THREE Lions striker Ivan Toney has handed his phone to FA investigators looking into match-betting claims,

The £50million star was also understood to have allowed officials into his apartment to look at personal records.

He has been questioned over claims that wagers were placed on games, in strict breach of FA rules on gambling

He has been questioned over claims that wagers were placed on games, in strict breach of FA rules on gambling.
Despite being caught up in the seven-month investigation, Brentford ace Toney was surprisingly still picked by Gareth Southgate

Despite being caught up in the seven-month investigation, Brentford ace Toney was surprisingly still picked by Gareth Southgate.
After handing over his mobile to the investigators, a string of the 26-year-old’s contacts on the handset have been approached.

It raises the prospect that other top-flight footballers have been questioned over claims that wagers were placed on games — in breach of strict FA rules on gambling.

Brentford ace Toney, 26, was surprisingly still picked by Gareth Southgate despite being caught up in the seven-month investigation.

He is widely expected to be named in his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday.

But football’s integrity will be questioned if he is picked and later charged.

Sources say the ace has become “incredibly worried” the investigation could cost him his place.

One said: “Ivan isn’t stupid, he knows it doesn’t look good — even though he insists he has done nothing wrong.

“The best thing for everyone would be if the FA could clear him in time — so his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad comes down to his football.

 

 

“He has done everything that is asked of him — he has handed over his phone and records and even spoken to investigators at his apartment.

“Some of his closest friends have already been contacted — so it is clear the FA are taking this seriously.

“Ivan just doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his dream of playing for his country at a World Cup.”

There is no suggestion of any criminal activity by Toney or that he attempted to fix the outcome of any match.
No charges have been brought by FA chiefs against the player.

Toney’s agent and the FA were approached for comment.

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