Nottingham Forest defender Harry Toffolo has been given a five-month suspended ban from the sport due to breaching FA betting regulations, as confirmed by journalist Lyall Thomas.
The 28-year-old has also been fined just under £21,000 after being found guilty of placing bets, which is illegal under the FA rulebook, but has escaped an immediate ban from the sport.
The punishment in full
Harry Toffolo has became the latest footballer to have been found guilty of breaching the FA betting rules, following the public ban handed to Brentford’s Ivan Toney in recent months.
The defender has been given a fine which will have to be paid immediately, however, Toffolo will only escape the ban if he avoids breathing any further rules between now and the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
Over the last 18 months, the FA have proven to have begun clamping down on footballer activities, as proven by the ban that was imposed on Ivan Toney, who remains out of action until January 2024.
A similar ban was also imposed on Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier, upon his switch from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid and Toffolo has ultimately been added to this ongoing list.
What have the club said?
Nottingham Forest is yet to release a club statement regarding the charges, but they have included the defender in their official 25-man Premier League squad, ahead of the first half of the 2023/24 season.
I won’t be commenting on whether I think that Toffolo deserved his ban or not, but I do believe he needs to use this as a learning curve, to ensure that he isn’t further banned at a later date.
News that he can continue to play will be a big boost to Nottingham Forest’s defensive options moving forward after their strong start to the season.