Newcastle’s Sandro Tonali Banned for Admitting Wagering Violations

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The 23-year-old Newcastle United's Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali has been banned from the game for his involvement in wagering during his AC Milan tenure. He is set to miss the UEFA Euro 2024.

Tonali admitted to wagering on soccer games that he played for AC Milan. He spent three seasons for the Italian Serie A giants (2020-2023), including the first season as a loanee (2020/21).

After his offense admission, Tonali has been banned for 10 months from the game by Italian prosecutors. However, if he didn't cooperate with the charges, he could have faced a three-year ban.

FIGC (Italian Football Federation) president Gabriele Gravina said, "The agreement consists of a 10-match ban plus eight months of rehab activities and at least 16 appearances."

This suspension means that Tonali will miss the remaining 2022/23 season. Moreover, if the reigning champions Italy qualify for the UEFA Euro 2024, Tonali will miss the tournament too.

In the latest summer transfer window, the English Premier League club Newcastle United reportedly spent $66m to sign Tonali from AC Milan. He has made 12 appearances for the Magpies.

Tonali, who played three matches for Italy in 2023, appeared for Newcastle in their latest PL and UCL matches against Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

More Italian players, Aston Villa's Nicolo Zaniolo and Juventus' Nicolo Fagioli are also facing bans for their involvement in the ongoing wagering scandal. Fagioli has been banned for seven months.

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