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he regulatory commission ruled Toney’s case was not one of match-fixing.There is no evidence that Mr Toney did or was even in a position to influence his own team to lose when he placed bets against them winning – he was not in the squad or eligible to play at the time.”
As part of his punishment Toney was also fined £50,000 and warned about his future conduct.His suspension started immediately, but he can return to training with Brentford four months before it ends on 17 September. He will not be allowed to play again until 17 January 2024.
He scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season and made his England debut as a substitute in the Euro 2024 qualifying win against Ukraine in March, having received his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad last September.Southgate said it was important to support Toney during his ban, adding it “won’t have any bearing” on his international prospects when it ends.
There’s always something to play for – whether that be the title, survival or a Champions League spot.
The results of one team can have a seismic impact on another as nine months of top-flight football comes to a breathtaking end.With the last day of the Premier League season looming, we revisit some of the most dramatic final days.
2010-11: Musical chairs at bottom
With the title already secured by Manchester United and the Champions League places decided, all eyes were on an intriguing battle at the bottom of the table.
One point separated 19th-placed Wigan and Blackburn in 15th, meaning five clubs, including Blackpool, Birmingham and Wolves, were at risk of being relegated with bottom side West Ham.
Each of those five teams would spend part of the afternoon in the bottom three.
Wigan and Blackpool started the day in the drop zone – but the Latics pulled clear with a 1-0 win at Stoke. Birmingham were relegated instead, losing 2-1 at Tottenham as Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a 93rd-minute winner.
Blackpool looked for a while as if they might escape too, but they went down as they were beaten 4-2 at Manchester United.
Roger Johnson of Birmingham City bows his head after Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League
Birmingham City beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup final but were relegated to the Championship
2006-07: Tevez saves Hammers as Sheff Utd go down
The controversy over third-party ownership concerning Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano was still hanging over West Ham as they battled to avoid relegation on the final day.
West Ham started the afternoon in 17th and three points clear of the relegation zone but had to go to Manchester United, who had just been crowned champions.
Inevitably, Tevez scored the only goal of the game to steer the Hammers clear of danger. Instead, it was Sheffield United who went down – as relegation rivals Wigan saved themselves with a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.
A bitter legal dispute between West Ham and Sheffield United played out in the aftermath and, after almost two years, the Hammers were forced to pay £20m in compensation.
It would take the Blades 12 years to return to the Premier League, an exile that included six seasons in League One.
Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring the winner for West Ham against Manchester United
Carlos Tevez scored the winner against Manchester United as West Ham avoided relegation on the
Heartbreak and stomach ache as Spurs miss out on Champions League
There is no love lost between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and in 2006, they were both going for the same prize – Champions League football.
Tottenham knew if they beat West Ham, they would secure the fourth Champions League place at the expense of their neighbours, who were playing Wigan in their final game at Highbury.
Arsenal kept up their end of the bargain thanks to a Thierry Henry hat-trick in a 4-2 win.
A number of Tottenham players were ill overnight. The blame was initially placed on a lasagne they had eaten at their team hotel – although an official investigation later found the illness was most likely to have been caused by a virus.
Requests for the match to be delayed were rejected and Martin Jol’s side lost 2-1 against West Ham to finish fifth, missing out on Europe’s highest-profile club competition.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol and his players looking dejected after missing out on Champions League football on the final day of the 2005/06 seasons
Tottenham Hotspur missed out on Champions League football in 2006 after illness spread through
: Bradford beat Liverpool to relegate Wimbledon
Bradford City headed into the final day of their first Premier League season looking to avoid the drop. Many had written them off but when it really mattered, they rose to the occasion.
Liverpool were the visitors at Valley Parade and were chasing a Champions League spot.
Bradford defender David Wetherall headed home the only goal of the game as the Bantams remained in the top flight, sparking a pitch invasion from ecstatic home fans.The result meant that Wimbledon were relegated after 14 years in the top tier.
Bradford City fans celebrate staying in the Premier LeagueBradford City fans celebrate staying in the Premier League1995-96: Man City relegated after believing draw was enough to stay up
Manchester City went into their final match in 1996 knowing they needed to better the result of either Southampton or Coventry to stay up.
With his side drawing 2-2 at home to Liverpool, City manager Alan Ball thought his side were on course for safety, having heard Coventry were losing to Leeds.City proceeded to take the ball to the corner flag in order to run down the clock. But Ball had been fed false information.
Niall Quinn, who had been substituted, was keeping in touch with results elsewhere and raced back down the tunnel and up the touchline to tell his team-mates they needed to win.But City could not find another goal, and were relegated.
A dejected Manchester City fan after they are relegated from the Premier League in 1996
Manchester City were relegated after seven years in the top flight
1993-94: Everton survive relegationIn a 22-team Premier League, Everton began the final day 20th, a point from safety. Swindon had already been relegated, Oldham were set to join them. Ipswich, Sheffield United and Southampton were all in danger just above the Toffees.
Sixth-placed Wimbledon were the visitors to Goodison Park, and led 2-0 after 20 minutes.Graham Stuart pulled one back just four minutes later from the penalty spot and a fine strike from Barry Horne levelled the game midway through the second half.
Goodison Park was rocking nine minutes from time when Stuart grabbed his second and Everton’s third – but they still had to wait for results elsewhere.As it turned out, they finished 17th. Southampton and Ipswich survived too, thanks to draws, and it was Sheffield United, beaten by a last-minute goal at Chelsea, who were relegated.