23-year-old Newcastle and Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali, has been banned from football for ten (10) months by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for breaching betting rules.
Tonali will not be eligible to play again until August and will be unavailable to feature at Euro 2024 next summer should Italy qualify.
He will also undergo a rehabilitation process for eight (8) months afterwards.
The midfielder was alleged to have taken part in a betting scandal as opposed to the rules of the club and game. In response to the allegation, Tonali has confirmed the deposition, as it was more proven that the former Milan man didn’t only bet but also placed a bet on his then-team, AC Milan.
Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan in July for £55m.
FiGC (The Italian Football Federation) President Gabriele Gravina while confirming the ban said, “The FIGC Prosecutor and Tonali have reached an agreement, which I have already approved.
“The agreement consists of a 10-month ban plus eight months of rehab activities and at least 16 public appearances.
“Rules provide a ban for a few years, but there can be a plea agreement and attenuating circumstances,” continued Gravina.
“The guys collaborated above and beyond expectations, so we will continue to follow the rules we had adopted.”
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