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FIFA ratifies 10-month ban for Newcastle United’s Sandro Tonali

FIFA has officially ratified a 10-month ban for Italian international Sandro Tonali, per The Athletic.

The 23-year-old has been suspended from all football-related activities after being found guilty of breaching gambling regulations by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The FIGC announced Tonali’s punishment on Wednesday. His sanction includes an additional eight months of rehabilitation and therapy. 

Following this announcement, the FIGC submitted a formal request to FIFA on Friday, urging the global application of the ban.

World football’s governing body swiftly responded, confirming the immediate effectiveness of the ban to The Athletic on Friday evening. 

This news is a crushing blow to Tonali and Newcastle. Tonali had featured in the midweek Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

Manager Eddie Howe had expressed hope on Friday morning that the midfielder might be available for the upcoming match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday

However, those hopes have been dashed and Tonali will not have the opportunity to play at Molineux.

The Italian midfielder arrived at Newcastle from AC Milan in a high-profile €70 million transfer this summer.

However, he is now unable to participate in any matches for both his club and the national team throughout the entire 10-month suspension period.

The match against Wolves tomorrow offers the Magpies an opportunity to bounce back from their European defeat and continue their fine domestic form.

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