Brentford striker Ivan Toney says he is helping the Football Association with its investigations amid allegations he fixed matches.
The daily mail claims Toney has been the subject of an ongoing FA investigation for seven months but has not been charged with any offence.
The mail It also says the investigation relates to betting activity before he played for Brentford, and there is no suggestion he ever played against his own team.
“Today I am aware of a story about me in a national newspaper,” Toney wrote Twitter on Saturday.
“I have been assisting the Football Association with their inquiries and will not be making any further comment until this investigation has reached its conclusion.
“I’m a proud Englishman and it’s always been my childhood dream to play for my country in a World Cup final.”
Gareth Southgate selected Toney in his latest England squad, but the striker is yet to make an appearance for the Three Lions. The 26-year-old is hoping to be included in the England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is announced on November 10.
A statement from Brentford said: “We note the story about Ivan Toney and the FA’s investigation. The club will not be commenting.”
The FA also does not comment.
Toney started his career at Northampton, before moving to Newcastle in 2015. He played on loan at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan, before joining Peterborough in 2018. He then moved to Brentford in 2020 , where he scored 55 goals in 103. games.
Football betting is prohibited worldwide for all players, coaches, trainers, club staff, directors and licensed agents involved in the game within the Premier League, EFL, National League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and the North, South and Isthmia leagues.
Prohibited participants are prohibited from betting, directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition taking place anywhere in the world.
The ban also includes betting on any other football-related issue, such as player transfers, managerial appointments or team selection.
The transmission of insider information to someone who uses it for betting is also not permitted. Inside information is information that you know about because of your position in the game and that is not publicly available, such as injury or team selection news.
You may not use inside information to place a bet or to instruct someone to place a bet on your behalf. Likewise, you are not permitted to pass inside information on to someone else for use in betting.
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