Newcastle United blow as Sandro Tonali faces fresh FA betting allegations

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Sandro Tonali is currently banned until August 26 - two games into the 2024-25 campaign

Newcastle United have publicly backed Sandro Tonali after the midfielder was slapped with fresh betting allegations.

The 23-year-old has featured just 12 times for the Magpies since his £55million arrival from AC Milan. Italian authorities slapped Tonali with a 10-month ban in October for breaching gambling restrictions as an AC Milan player.

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As it stands, Tonali will return to action on August 26 - two games into the 2024-25 campaign. However, there are fears the Toon midfielder could be punished further after the FA confirmed new betting allegations.

Tonali - the Magpies' marquee addition following Champions League qualification - is accused of placing bets on football matches between August 12 and October 12 last year while serving as a Newcastle player. A statement read: "Sandro Tonali has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA's betting rules.

"It's alleged that the Newcastle United midfielder breached FA rule E8 50 times by placing bets on football matches between August 12, 2023 and October 12, 2023. Sandro Tonali has until April 5, 2024 to respond."

Newcastle immediately threw their weight behind the former AC Milan star once the news broke. A brief but supportive social media post read: “Newcastle United acknowledges a misconduct charge received by Sandro Tonali in respect of alleged breaches of FA Betting Rules.

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“Sandro continues to fully comply with relevant investigations and he retains the club's full support. Due to this ongoing process, Sandro and Newcastle United are unable to offer further comment at this time.”

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