October 26, 2023
Newcastle, England – In a shocking turn of events, Sandro Tonali, the Italian midfielder recently signed by Newcastle United from AC Milan, has been handed a 10-month ban from football. The ban comes in response to his breaches of rules regarding betting on matches in Italy, as announced by the head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Thursday.
Tonali’s suspension, which effectively sidelines him for the remainder of the Premier League season and potentially Euro 2024 if Italy qualifies, follows his admission to making bets on AC Milan to win games during a hearing at the Italian Federation in Turin. Despite his cooperation with the investigation, Tonali’s actions have led to severe consequences.
The ban, set to last until August 2024, will not only keep Tonali off the field but also require him to attend treatment sessions for problem gamblers. Additionally, he will be obligated to give a series of talks about his experience over an eight-month period as part of an agreement with the FIGC. Had he not cooperated, Tonali could have faced a suspension of up to three years under FIFA regulations.
The player must also pay a hefty €20,000 fine. However, amidst these sanctions, Tonali has been granted permission to continue training with Newcastle United and participate in friendly matches.
This unprecedented decision has sent shockwaves throughout the football community, leaving fans and pundits alike stunned. The impact of this ban on Newcastle United’s performance in the Premier League and potentially on the international stage in Euro 2024, should Italy qualify, remains to be seen.
Tonali’s legal team had been negotiating a plea bargain, indicating his willingness to cooperate fully with the authorities. While the ban serves as a stern reminder of the zero-tolerance policy towards gambling-related misconduct, it also underscores the importance of players’ integrity in maintaining the reputation of the sport.
The football world is eagerly awaiting further updates on this developing story, with fans and experts speculating on the potential repercussions for both Tonali’s career and Newcastle United’s ambitions in the league.
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