Tonali is officially suspended from football for 10 months

The Italian will be able to return to the field no earlier than August 27, 2024

Newcastle confirmed the entry into force disqualification for your football player, midfielder Sandro Tonali. The club was notified by FIFA about this on the evening of Friday, August 27.

The 23-year-old footballer has been suspended from football for 10 months due to the player’s participation in illegal betting. Earlier this punishment was confirmed by the President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina.

It is reported that the total sentence of the Italian is one and a half years, but the last eight months of them were replaced with a conditional ban with the obligation to undergo an appropriate course of treatment for gambling addiction.

The ban applies to all official football competitions worldwide under the auspices of FIFA. Thus, Tonali will be able to return to the field no earlier than August 27, 2024. He is guaranteed to miss not only the rest of the current season, but also the 2024 European Championship, even if the Italian team manages to get there.

Tonali previously admitted that he placed bets on matches involving Milan, his former team. The footballer made a confession during interrogation by the prosecutor in the case of illegal betting, which took place in Turin.

In addition, Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli admitted his guilt in participating in illegal betting and made a deal with the prosecutor’s office. The player was officially suspended for 12 months for engaging in illegal betting, five of whichX replaced with alternative instructions.

The Italian Olympic Committee’s Code of Sports Justice prohibits professional football players from directly or indirectly betting on events held under the auspices of the FIGC (Italian Football Federation), UEFA and FIFA. If proven guilty, players face a fine and excommunication from football for up to three years.

In addition to Fagioli and Tonali, Italian police have identified seven more players who are suspected of involvement in illegal betting. Investigations are currently underway.

Tonali moved from Milan to Newcastle in the summer of 2023. The transfer cost the English side over 60 million euros. Sandro has one goal in 12 matches for Soroki this season.

Newcastle are in sixth place in the Premier League standings. On August 25, the Magpies lost at home to Borussia Dortmund (0:1) in the Champions League. Tonali came on as a substitute in the 65th minute. This was his last appearance on the field in an official match before a long ban.

The Italian national team in qualifying group C (England from there has already qualified for the Euro ahead of schedule) is three points behind second-placed Ukraine, having a match in hand. For second place in the remaining matches, with North Macedonia at home and Ukraine in Leverkusen, Luciano Spalletti’s team needs to take four points.

Source: Sportarena

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