Newcastle United will investigate all legal possibilities with £52 million Sandro Tonali facing a 12-month ban for illicit betting… as manager Eddie Howe faces a major choice over whether to deploy the midfielder this weekend.
-Sandro Tonali is set for a ban of at least 12 months for illegal betting.
-The FA have said the midfielder can play against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Newcastle will investigate all legal possibilities as they digest the shocking news that summer signing Sandro Tonali will face at least a 12-month ban for illicit betting.
The Football Association is likewise awaiting confirmation of the sentence imposed by Italian authorities before reviewing whether any regulations were violated within its jurisdiction.
According to Italian media, Tonali admitted to betting on Milan as a player for the club, which carries a three-year sentence.
However, his admission of guilt and desire to seek treatment for what his agent refers to as a ‘gambling addiction’ will help to decrease the possibility of a ban. He is also alleged to have not wagered on Milan losing games.
According to Mail Sport, the length of the punishment might be announced as soon as next week.
Newcastle must now investigate how much Milan and Tonali knew about the illegal gambling probe when they paid £52 million for the Italy international in July. At the time, head coach Eddie Howe expressed his excitement and astonishment at being able to secure a contract for Milan’s 23-year-old captain.
The midfielder, who underwent a three-hour interrogation by Turin prosecutors this past Tuesday, has returned to Newcastle and has been declared eligible to participate in the upcoming match against Crystal Palace by the FA. However, Eddie Howe, the manager, faces a complex decision, not only concerning the player’s physical and mental condition but also the ethical dilemma of including a player who has purportedly confessed to betting on his own team.
Newcastle issued a statement that reads: “Newcastle United acknowledges that Sandro Tonali is under investigation by both the Italian Prosecutor’s Office and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for alleged involvement in illegal betting activities. Sandro is actively cooperating with the investigation and will maintain full cooperation with the relevant authorities. The player and his family will continue to receive unwavering support from the club. As this investigation remains ongoing, neither Sandro nor Newcastle United are able to provide further comments at this time.”