‘Very sorry’ - Italy boss responds to Newcastle United & Aston Villa duo’s withdrawal

Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo have left to Italy camp and returned to their respective clubs.

Italy manager Luciano Spalletti has responded to questions about Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo’s withdrawal from the national squad.

The Italian Federation released a statement on Tuesday confirming Tonali and Zaniolo will return to Newcastle United and Aston Villa, respectively, amid a probe by the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office.

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The statement read: “The Federation announces that, in the late afternoon of today, the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office notified investigation documents to the players Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo, currently in training with the national team at the Federal Technical Center in Coverciano.

Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Italy manager Luciano Spalletti. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“Regardless of the nature of the acts, believing that in this situation the two players are not in the necessary condition to face the commitments scheduled in the next few days, the Federation has decided, also to protect them, to allow them to return to their respective clubs.Tonali was expected to play a part in Italy’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta on Saturday and Tuesday evening’s trip to Wembley to face England.

“It’s not nice to say who decided, it’s enough to say that it’s the correct decision,” Spalletti told Sky.

“We can’t bring two guys who have been shocked like that to play a game. Now let’s think about playing, we lose two champions but we remain a very strong team.

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“It was a difficult night, when you have to get results there is always anxiety, but this was a different night, with a lot of bitterness over what happened. The whole squad is close to Tonali and Zaniolo, we’re very sorry for them.

“We will continue to be close to them even afterwards. For now, they have the spotlight on them.

“We must try to help them defend themselves, but it’s also right that justice takes its course and if irregularities have occurred, then it will be right to pay.”

The Magpies don’t return to Premier League action until Saturday, October 21 when they take on Crystal Palace at St James’ Park (kick-off 3pm).

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