Who is Nathan Hicks? Ivan Toney’s cousin, who was cited as the FA explained why the Brentford striker was handed an eight-month ban, is also a betting offender
The FA on Friday revealed exactly why Ivan Toney has been banned from football for eight months, with the Brentford striker diagnosed as a gambling addict.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to 232 of the 262 betting charges brought by the FA last year, with the final outcome – a £50,000 fine and an eight-month ban – dished out earlier in the month.
In Friday’s FA bombshell it was revealed that Toney placed over a dozen bets on his own team during a period of seven months between 2017 and 2018. He also punted on himself to score on multiple occasions, and used other people’s accounts to place bets despite initially denying the allegations.
A key issue considered by the FA throughout was whether Toney knew that he was breaching FA rules on betting when the offences were committed. It was determined that Toney was aware at least since his time playing for Peterborough in 2018.
Additionally, it was noted that Toney’s cousin, Nathan Hicks, was also charged with a breach of betting rules in 2017, so the Brentford striker must have known what he was doing was prohibited. But just who is Hicks? Mail Sport provides the information below.
The reasons behind Ivan Toney’s eight-month ban by the FA were revealed on Friday morning
Toney’s older cousin Nathan Hicks, 32, was also charged for betting offences back in 2017
Toney’s older cousin, Nathan Hicks, is a lower-league footballer that has also fallen foul of the FA’s betting rules.
Hicks, who was once on the books of Leicester City as a youngster alongside Toney, has faced multiple FA charges for betting offences.
On June 13, 2017 under FA Rule E1(b), Hicks was charged with 162 bets placed on football matches between December 8, 2014 and January 29, 2017.
Hicks admitted to the charge. Evidence showed that in that time period there were 18 bets which included games in competitions that Hicks’s clubs participated in during the relevant seasons.
The aforementioned 18 bets involved 10 National League Premier games – when he was at Alfreton Town FC – 16 FA Cup games, one Southern League Premier game and two FA Trophy cup games – all while at Kettering Town FC.
An FA investigation found his stake on those bets was £700.63 and he suffered a net loss of -£12.97.
During the time period from December 8, 2014 to January 29, 2017, it was determined he had staked £4,940.26 on betting on football matches. He was fined £500 for his breaches.
Hicks posted a picture to his Twitter alongside his cousin Toney and others back in 2013
The striker was diagnosed as a gambling addict after he bet on his own team to lose 13 times
The 27-year-old forward was issued with a £50,000 fine by English football’s governing body
Furthermore, in January of this year Hicks was handed a new charge for placing 2,753 bets on football matches between March 12, 2017 to November 22, 2022.
The non-league footballer was hit with a betting breach of FA Rule E8 in January of this year and he admitted to the charge in March 2023, before requesting a personal hearing.
Hicks, who counts Alfreton Town, Biggleswade Town, Corby Town, Histon, Kettering Town, and St Ives Town among his former teams, is cited as ‘Person B’ in the written reasons behind Toney’s ban, claiming the Brentford striker was aware about the betting rules due to his cousin’s breaches.
Away from football Hicks, 32, has worked in recruitment in Northampton.