Sandro Tonali Newcastle ban latest – Man City bet, suspended punishment, huge fine, return date

Newcastle United's Sandro Tonali
Newcastle United's Sandro Tonali -Credit:PA

Sandro Tonalo has been given a suspended two-month ban after admitting to breaches of Football Association betting rules. The 23-year-old midfielder, who joined Newcastle United from AC Milan in the summer for £55million, will not serve the ban so long as he does not commit any further breaches before the end of next season.

He's already serving a 10-month ban, issued in October and running until August, for offences during his time in Italy. Nevertheless, Tonali was charged by the FA in March and admitted to placing between 40 and 50 football bets shortly after swapping the San Siro for St James' Park.

Both the FA and the Magpies have published statements regarding matter. So, with that being said, Chronicle Live has rounded up everything you need to know about Tonali and his latest ban.

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What the FA have said...

In an official statement, the FA said: "The FA charged the midfielder with 50 breaches of FA Rule E8 for placing bets on football matches between 12 August 2023 and 12 October 2023, and he admitted to this.

"The independent Regulatory Commission imposed a two-month suspension from all football and football-related activity, which is suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season pending any further breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, as well as a £20,000 fine and warning."

How Newcastle have responded...

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Newcastle praised Tonali for his cooperation with the investigation. The club tweeted: "#NUFC midfielder Sandro Tonali has been given a suspended two-month ban from competitive football by an independent Regulatory Commission after self- declaring breaches of FA Betting Rules."

Four bets on Newcastle games

In a 26-page document detailing the Regulatory Commission's decision and reason for Tonali's suspended ban, the FA revealed that from the 40 to 50 bets placed between August 12 and early October last year four of which were placed on Newcastle to win.

The Italian made an accumulator bet involving either the Magpies to beat Brighton on September 2 or Newcastle to beat Burnley on 30 September. He also made an accumulator bet including the club to beat Brentford FC on September 16.

Tonali then lodged a single bet on Newcastle to beat Manchester City on September 27 and then an accumulator bet including the Magpies to beat West Ham 8 October.

What Tonali has said...

Tonali has not commented on his suspended ban.

Which games will he miss?

Tomali's existing ban for betting offences during his time in Italy will expire in August, so he shouldn't miss too many games at the start of next season. In 2023/24, Newcastle played three games in August, defeating Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the campaign (August 12) before losing the Manchester City and Liverpool on August 19 and August 27, respectively.

While the fixtures for next season as not yet confirmed, Tonali could potentially miss between two and three Premier League matches, and Newcastle's first qualifying match in European competition or a League Cup tie should Howe's side miss out on a place in Europe.