Brentford striker Ivan Toney was given a reduced ban from football because of a diagnosed gambling addiction. Earlier this month Toney was banned for eight months after he accepted breaking Football Association betting rules. A psychiatry expert who gave evidence to the FA’s regulatory commission diagnosed Toney with a gambling addiction and concluded he needed professional help. In its written reasons explaining its sanction, published on Friday, the commission said Toney had admitted repeatedly lying during his initial interviews with the FA. It added he had since ceased gambling on football, though not on other sports, and is “determined to address his gambling problem with therapy”. The FA initially wanted to impose a 15-month ban on Toney because he attempted to conceal his betting, knowing it was against FA rules. This included betting through third parties and deleting relevant messages from his mobile phone then knowingly giving “clearly false answers” during his interviews with the FA. However, his ban was reduced to 11 months because he pleaded guilty to all 232 charges, before it was further reduced to reflect his diagnosed addiction. Tom Hanks reads his masterpiece which lifts the lid on the movie industry and his on-set behaviour How to get into football – the most popular sport in the world, with clubs and facilities throughout the UK.