Premier League Right Back Harry Toffolo Banned 4 Months for Gambling Violations
Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images. Pictured: Harry Toffolo of Nottingham Forest.
A Premier League player has been suspended for breaching Football Association gambling rules.
Nottingham Forest defender Harry Toffolo has been assessed a five-month suspension from football after admitting to 375 breaches of the betting rules.
He was also fined $26,175.
Toffolo was charged by the FA back in July. After an investigation, Toffolo admitted to breaching FA gambling rules 375 times between 2014 and 2017.
The 27-year-old played for multiple teams during that team period despite being under contract at Norwich City, who was playing in the Championship (second division of English football). Toffolo was on loan with Swindon, Rotherham, Peterborough and Scunthorpe during the time period he breached the rules.
Toffolo made 21 appearances for Nottingham Forest last season. He has yet to feature in a Premier League game this season. The right back came off the bench to play 20 minutes in a loss against Burnley in the Carabao Cup. He will be eligible to return in January 2024.
Toffolo is the second Premier League player to be suspended or banned by the FA for violating gambling rules this year. Ivan Toney was banned for eight months after 232 charges of breaking the rules.
An independent Regulatory Commission investigated and imposed the ban on Toffolo. The Regulatory Commission's written reasons are expected to come out in due time. The written details will detail what Toffolo was gambling on or possibly if he was providing inside gambling information.