Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali faces a lengthy ban from soccer

This Tuesday (17), Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali could face at least a year’s suspension due to the sports betting he allegedly did during his time at AC Milan.

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In a hearing at the Italian Federation in Turin, Tonali admitted betting on AC Milan matches while playing for the team. Even if his bets don’t have a direct influence on the outcome of the games, he is facing being banned from the sport for at least a year. Italian authorities don’t tolerate players/managers who place bets on soccer, especially on the clubs they belong to. 

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According to FIFA Code 26, this conduct can ban a player from worldwide soccer for at least three years. Tonali was one of the players named in a betting probe in Italy last week, and was also withdrawn from the squad for the match against England on Tuesday (17). 

The midfielder can face a lesser ban, for admitting his guilt and helping with the investigation. He spent three seasons with AC Milan, winning a league title with the team. Now at Newcastle, he has already made ten appearances and scored a goal. 

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