Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban starts after Fifa extends it globally.

Sandro Tonali's 10-month ban starts after Fifa extends it globally.
Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban starts after Fifa extends it globally.


Sandro Tonali, a midfielder for Newcastle, started serving his 10-month football suspension today after Fifa expanded it globally.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) banned the 23-year-old on Thursday for breaking betting regulations.

Tonali will thus be unable to play in Saturday’s Premier League match against Wolves.

Tonali was still in the running to play because the club had not received confirmation of the ban, according to Magpies manager Eddie Howe during a press conference on Friday morning.

However, the global governing body FIFA announced on Friday night that it had approved the FIGC’s request to have the ban extended globally.

The Italy midfielder, according to the FIGC, had broken a rule that forbids players from placing bets on football matches hosted by the FIGC, Uefa, and Fifa.

Additionally, it stated that Tonali and the federal prosecutor had reached an agreement on an 18-month disqualification, with eight of those months being commuted to “a therapeutic plan” to aid in “recovery from gambling addiction”.

Howe made the following statement prior to the ban being officially announced on Friday morning: “We’ve heard the news, the statement, but we haven’t heard anything from the Italian authorities at this time.

“I believe there’s a good chance he could be available to us again. Let’s see, I still believe that a few things need to happen before the ban is implemented.

The ban may not prevent Tonali from training with Newcastle, according to reports, but Howe stated, “We don’t know” if that is the case.

Tonali became the second-most expensive signing for Newcastle when he left AC Milan in July for a fee of £55 million.

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The manager of Newcastle claimed that when he was signed, the team was unaware of any possible betting violations.

“You make a decision at the time with the knowledge you have,” said Howe. “We had no idea that this was even a possibility, and we really liked him as a football player.

It goes without saying that we are disappointed and frustrated that we won’t have a top player for a while.

“That proves that no one can predict what the future holds. It’s a very important lesson.

We require a squad that is capable of handling these situations. It’s a part of football and life.”

Howe continued, discussing Tonali’s perspective: 

He’s in the same mood. It’s there in the background, and I’m sure he goes through tough times.”

After Tonali’s suspension was announced, rumors circulated that Newcastle was interested in signing former Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who had moved to Al-Hilal in the Saudi Pro League during the summer.

Sixth-place Newcastle United in the Premier League will visit Wolves on Saturday before playing Manchester United in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday.






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