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Simon Jordan clashes with Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony over Ivan Toney’s ban

Simon Jordan clashes with Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony over Ivan Toney’s eight-month ban for breaching betting rules.

They gave their thoughts after finding out that the former Posh forward was handed a banned from playing for his current club Brentford.

Toney has been charged with 262 betting rule violations between February 2017 and January 2021, after admitting to 232 of the breaches after the FA retracted 30.

Toney received a fine of £50,000 and was suspended from all football activity until the 16th of January, 2024, however many complained that the ban included the off-season, rather than starting the ban from the start of the 2023/25 campaign.

MacAnthony was questioned about Toney betting on or against his club and if it was a big issue for him.

“I don’t care about it,” MacAnthony said during his appearance on talkSPORT. “I got the news months before it was all coming out. A pal of mine in the media messaged me one night in Florida.

“When I saw the message I thought, could this season get any worse for me, because we were expecting him to get sold for £85million this summer!

“In my mind and with everything going on in the last 12 months, I thought just add it to the list.

“I love Ivan, his dad’s great, but there’s a problem in football and it’s not just Ivan Toney

“There’s hundreds of footballers right now as we speak betting on football, we just don’t know it.

“Unfortunately, yes Ivan got caught, he shouldn’t have done it, but he didn’t kill anybody.

“The reality is this, he obviously has an addiction, he has a problem and I’m not sure sending someone out to the middle of nowhere for the next eight months is the right thing to do and the right thing to help.

“He shouldn’t be banned from training, he shouldn’t be banned from his friends, his teammates, his manager. Ban him from playing, fine, but what are you trying to do with his character?”

However, Simon Jordan claimed the FA were right in their zero-tolerance approach and that Toney knew betting on football was prohibited.

He said: “People are saying look at sports relations with gambling. Oh come off it! It’s his individual responsibility. People are making choices to be or not bet.

“If football wants to make this a particular solution to a problem that will compromise the integrity of the game, then there has to be significant consequences.

“This isn’t about rehabilitation, it’s about punishment. You don’t send someone to prison to rehabilitate them, you send them to prison to punish them and maybe along the way the rehabilitation kicks in.

“You didn’t have to bet on football did you? You know football is a forbidden fruit [for betting]. If you want to bet, bet on boxing or another sport.

“If you want the next generation of players to fear the consequence of it, then you take down a big beast, and unfortunately make them the consequence of their action.”

Simon Jordan and Carlton Palmer also spoke about Ivan Toney’s ban stretching to training, as can be seen above.

Carlton said: “I don’t get it. He could go abroad & train with a club. Nobody would know!” 🤯

Simon added: “Punishments are to consequence. He should also have his money taken away!”

As Simon Jordan also clashes with Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony over Ivan Toney’s ban, this is what fans are saying…

@simonkpowell: But letting football promote betting on shirts and around the ground is fine? Football clubs shouldn’t even promote it, adults are old enough to make up their own mind right or wrong but it should stop at clubs promoting it 🤷🏻‍♂️

@_jackneal: We need more of @DMAC102 on @talkSPORT. Speaks really well, particularly on the Toney situation. Spot on 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

@GarethEarnshaw1: If football was in reality & lived by the same standards to the rest of us Toney would’ve been banned for life. It’s gross misconduct, let’s just get it right. He is accountable for his own actions & made the decisions himself. Addiction or not.

@GlennHa78211014: Yeah right Simon, betting is advertised all over football all the time, what did you think was going happen.

@SeedsRob1984: Hes an addict simon ffs people know its illegal to buy and take cocaine and heroin but when youre addicted to something the thought process is none existent, treatment rather than punishment is whats needed

@Ant05Ocall: One condescending cunt that Jordan.

@Leefoley11: Should have been banned from the moment he admitted the charges also ban should been longer and not at the end of season where no games are played for 3 months

@TonyBar16486136: He still has a job, most would have been sacked by their employer

@smith_ingham: Toney’s ban from ALL football related things isn’t going well if he was able to turn up to watch the game at the weekend. Surely a breach of his ban? 🤔 When Jordan Stevens was banned he wasn’t allowed to even communicate with anyone related to his club, never mind attend games

@CFC_Mason2001: Has he apologised at all for breaking rules and betting against his teammates? Don’t get an addiction after 0 bets he would’ve made a fair few before the apparent addiction took over

@egap283: He deserves a longer ban, he bet against his own team that is bang out of order.

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