Newcastle United star Sandro Tonali has been banned from football for ten months over breaking Italian gambling regulations.
The 23-year-old admitted to placing bets on AC Milan matches during his time at the club.
As per the rules in Italy, footballers are not allowed to bet on any competition organised by FIFA, UEFA or the FIGC.
The penalty for doing so is a three-year ban, but the punishment may be reduced with a guilty plea.
Tonali’s lawyer was in Italy this week to negotiate a plea bargain for the Ex-Brescia star.
The president of the Italian football federation Gabriele Gravina has confirmed that Tonali will be banned from football for ten months, per The Guardian.
He also confirmed the midfielder will undergo a rehabilitation period and give a series of talks about his experience as part of a deal with the FIGC.
“The FIGC prosecutor and Tonali have reached an agreement which I have already approved,” Gravina said.
“The agreement consists of a 10-month ban plus eight months of rehab activities and at least 16 public appearances.”
Newcastle signed Tonali from Milan for €70 million last summer, making him the most expensive Italian player of all time.
The 23-year-old was expected to make a big impact for the Magpies this season but is now sidelined for ten months.
He will miss the 2024 European Championship if Italy qualify for the tournament.
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