Premier League star given suspended five-month ban after 375 betting breaches

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    Harry Toffolo has been served a suspended five-month ban from football after the Nottingham Forest defender admitted to 375 breaches of rules on betting.

    Toffolo was charged by the Football Association in July for the 375 counts, all of which are understood to have occurred between 2014 and 2017. The 28-year-old was on the books at Norwich City when the offences were committed, though he spent time on loan at Swindon Town, Rotherham, Peterborough and Scunthorpe across the offending period.

    He becomes the latest player in England's top flight to be banned for betting breaches. Brentford striker Ivan Toney can't play again until January 2024 after he was suspended for eight months following 232 charges of breaking the FA’s betting rules.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier was given a 10-week ban and fined £70,000 in December 2020 after text messages found he had advised friends to bet on his transfer to Atletico Madrid. Football Association Rule E8 prohibits players from getting third parties to bet on games for them, doing so themselves, or 'sharing privileged information for betting purposes'.

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    An independent regulatory commission has also fined Toffolo £20,956.22 for his breaches. His ban is suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season, meaning he won't have to serve his suspension unless another offence is committed prior to that date.

    That means the full-back should be at Steve Cooper's disposal for Monday's Premier League fixture at home to Burnley. However, Toffolo hasn't featured prominently in his manager's plans this season and made the bench for just one league fixture at home to Sheffield United in August.

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    An FA spokesperson said: "Nottingham Forest's Harry Toffolo has been given a five-month suspension, which has been suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season, and £20,956.22 fine for misconduct in relation to our betting rules.

    "The defender admitted that he breached FA Rule E1(b) 375 times between 22 January 2014 and 18 March 2017, and an independent Regulatory Commission imposed his sanctions following a hearing. The Regulatory Commission's written reasons for these decision will be published in due course."

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    After a series of loan moves while on the books at Carrow Road, Toffolo helped Lincoln City earn promotion to League One before joining Huddersfield Town in January 2020. He played two-and-a-half seasons in the Championship before making the move to the top flight with Forest in the summer of 2022.

    His sole senior appearance under Cooper this season was a 20-minute cameo in a narrow League Cup defeat to Burnley last month. Toffolo has made 22 appearances for the Reds overall, helping the club keep their top-flight status last term, with his contract at the City Ground due to expire at the end of this season.

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