According to the latest football news, Newcastle United have released a statement to confirm that Sandro Tonali has been banned from football for 10 months with immediate effect.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has imposed a 10-month ban on Tonali for breaching rules on betting on matches. Moreover, this ban will prevent him from participating in any football activity.
The Italian has admitted to betting on games involving Milan and Brescia, and his gambling addiction complicates the matter.
Gambling is not a crime in Italy, provided bets are placed on platforms recognized by the Customs and Monopolies agencies. However, Tonali’s actions were deemed to violate the rules set by the FIGC.
When will Sandro Tonali return to play football?
The ban has already been commenced, meaning that Tonali will not play for Newcastle United or any other club until his suspension ends.
In addition to the ban, Tonali will also undergo eight months of rehabilitation for his gambling addiction. So this means that he will miss the rest of the season and UEFA Euro 2024.
Newcastle United released a statement confirming the ban, effective from October 27. The club also said the Italian will be able to return to football from August 27, 2024.
Newcastle United’s statement confirming the Italian’s ban
“Sandro Tonali has been banned from competitive football for ten months, as effective from Friday 27th October 2023, following illegal betting charges by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC),” the statement read.
“FIGC’s sanction includes an overall 18-month ban, with eight months commuted as the player participates in a therapeutic plan and educational programme in Italy consisting of 16 commitments.
“On the evening of Friday 27th October, Newcastle United received confirmation that FIFA has endorsed FIGC’s sanction to be applied worldwide, meaning Sandro will be eligible to return to competitive football from Tuesday 27th August 2024.”
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