Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali banned for 10 months for betting breaches

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali has been banned for 10 months for breaching betting rules.

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The terms were agreed on Thursday (26), between Tonali’s lawyers and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). The player will not be eligible to play again until August and also will be unavailable to take part in Euro 2024 next summer, if Italy qualify. 

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Earlier this October, Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli received a seven-month ban from the FIGC, for betting breaches. He had five months of a one-year ban suspended, and fined 12,500 euros. Fagioli agreed to a therapy plan for a list six months, to resolve his gambling problem.

Tonali and Aston Villa midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo were forced to leave Italy’s training camp on October 12, after being informed that they were involved in an investigation by the Italian Public Prosecutor’s Office. Zaniolo was summoned for questioning on Friday (27), but the player denies having placed bets and says he only played poker and blackjack online.

Sandro Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan in July for £55m. He has played 12 games for Eddie Howe’s side since becoming the Magpies’ second most expensive signing. Before Newcastle’s last Premier League match, Howe said that Tonali had endured a “difficult couple of weeks”. “He’s been dealing with a lot and, from what I can see, from a few hours a day, he’s handling himself really well and is dealing with emotions incredibly strongly”, added Howe.

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