Brentford boss Thomas Frank jumped to Toney’s side as Brentford adjust to being without their 20-goal striker for the first half of the 2023-24 campaign.
The Brentford boss said: “Yes, Ivan did something wrong but what I don’t get at all is how can you not let him be involved in football at all for the first four months?
“What do you gain from that? If you want to rehabilitate people you give them education, you do something, and now he is left on his own.
“There’s no doubt for me that the first four months he could be involved in football, he should be forced to go into a hundred schools to tell them about his football and background, that’s how it should work. But I’m a football coach, what do I know?
“If I can’t speak to him, then they will have to ban me. If I am not allowed to speak to him on a support level there must be something wrong.”
And Frank discussed the link between football and gambling sponsors and called for better ways to support players.
“I think it’s definitely something we need to look into,” Frank added.
“The cleaner the football industry could be, the better.
“Ivan has made some mistakes, now we need to get through that and we will support him. But there is no doubt that football and gambling’s relationship need to be reviewed and I think we can only look at ourselves first.
“We got a massive reminder [Toney ban], do we do enough to educate our players? I think that’s a big thing, I think the football authorities have a massive task to make sure we do this much better.”
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