EXCLUSIVE: Two of Toney's ex-team-mates hit with FA betting charges

EXCLUSIVE: Two of Ivan Toney’s former team-mates are hit with FA betting charges… with phone records discovered in case against England star revealing conversations between them about betting on football

  • Two of Ivan Toney’s ex-team-mates have been hit with FA betting charges
  • Dean Snedker and Lewis Wilson played with Toney at his first club Northampton 

Two of Ivan Toney’s former Northampton team-mates have been charged with breaching FA gambling rules after sharing betting tips with the Brentford striker.

Mail Sport can reveal that non-league players Dean Snedker and Lewis Wilson, who both played with Toney at his first club Northampton and are still friends with the England international, are accused of placing over 1200 bets between them on matches.

Snedker and Wilson remain active participants in the game at Rushden & Diamonds and Banbury Town respectively so are banned from betting on football. 

In a case that has not previously been made public it is understood they were both charged with breaching FA Rule E8 in May. Snedker is accused of placing 503 bets being June 2016 and June 2022, and Wilson of making 745 bets between March 2017 and October 2022.

The charges are understood to have been triggered by the FA’s previous investigation last year into Toney, who was given an eight-month ban from football in May after being found guilty of breaking the rules by placing 232 bets. 

The 27-year-old cannot play until his suspension comes to an end on January 16 next year, and is not even permitted to train at Brentford until next month.

Two of Ivan Toney’s former team-mates at Northampton have been hit with FA betting charges

Goalkeeper Dean Snedker played with Toney at Northampton

Lewis Wilson was also team-mates with Toney during his time at Northampton

FA investigators are believed to have discovered evidence of Snedker and Wilson’s alleged activity as a result of their inquiries into Toney, with phone records revealing conversations between them about betting on football. Toney and Snedker played together at Northampton for three seasons between 2012 and 2015 before the striker secured a move to Newcastle, while Wilson was also at the club during the 2012/13 season.

Snedker is a goalkeeper who made one appearance for England Under 19’s whilst at Northampton, while Wilson is a midfield player. During the period covering the alleged offences they were playing for a variety of clubs including Cambridge City, St Albans City, Hemel Hempstead and Stratford Town.

Toney’s betting offences covered a similar period taking place between February 2017 and January 2021, during which time he played for Scunthorpe, Wigan, Peterborough and Brentford. Despite being given a shorter suspension as the independent commission who heard his case accepted testimony that he is a gambling addict Toney remains angry at his treatment by the FA, and in an interview this week described himself as being in a football prison.

‘The whole football community is big on mental health and then the FA are going to do this and push me away,’ he said. ‘[But] it’s not a place I want people to feel sorry for me. That’s the last thing that I want.

‘Not being allowed at the training ground is baffling to me. I’m counting down the days until I can be training and around the boys. It’s like being in football prison at the moment.’

The FA declined to comment on cases that remain ongoing. Both Snedker and Wilson declined to comment after speaking to Mail Sport.

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