Everything you need to know as Newcastle's Tonali is charged by FA for making 50 bets in one season

Newcastle United midfielder Tonali || Credit: Imago

Everything you need to know as Newcastle's Tonali is charged by FA for making 50 bets in one season

Ayoola Kelechi 23:44 - 28.03.2024

Will the Italy international be handed a fresh ban? How many months are left on his current ban?

Italy international Sandro Tonali, currently playing for Newcastle, has been charged with misconduct by the English Football Association (FA) for alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules.

The midfielder faces potential repercussions for his actions, which could affect his return to the field.

Background of the Case

The English FA has officially charged Tonali with misconduct for allegedly placing 50 bets on football matches during his tenure with Newcastle, spanning from August 12, 2023, to October 12, 2023.

However, Tonali is currently serving a 10-month ban imposed by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) after admitting to placing illegal bets on football matches while playing for Milan and Brescia. This suspension, initiated on October 27, 2023, is set to conclude on August 27, 2024.

Can Tonali be handed a further ban?

According to reports from Gazzetta, there are two potential outcomes following the FA’s charges against Tonali. Firstly, if found guilty, the FA may consider the FIGC ban as sufficient punishment for violating The FA’s Betting Rules. In this case, Tonali could resume playing at the conclusion of his existing ban in August 2024.

Alternatively, Tonali's ban might be extended, especially given the significant number of alleged breaches within a short timeframe. The FA has previously issued lengthy bans for players found guilty of similar offences, with Ivan Toney serving an eight-month suspension for 232 violations between 2017 and 2021.

Newcastle United has stated that Tonali continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations. However, due to the ongoing legal process, the club refrains from providing further comments at this time.

Despite these charges, Newcastle does not anticipate Tonali serving an additional suspension beyond his current ban. The FA reportedly views the FIGC's 10-month worldwide ban as sufficient punishment for Tonali's betting activities across both Italy and England.

As Sandro Tonali navigates through the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the FA, the footballing world awaits the final verdict and its implications for the midfielder's future career. Newcastle United stands by Tonali during this challenging period, awaiting further developments as the investigation unfolds.