Sandro Tonali: Newcastle midfielder handed a two-month suspended ban for 50 breaches of FA betting rules | football news

The two-month sanction is completely suspended during the 2024/25 season; Tonali will be available to return to competitive football once his existing ban ends in August, provided there are no further infringements.

By Sam Blitz

15:40, United Kingdom, Thursday 02 May 2024

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali has received a two-month suspended ban for 50 breaches of FA betting rules.

Tonali joined Newcastle in a £55million move from AC Milan in the summer and is currently banned from competitive football until August 2024 for betting on matches in Italy.

He was then charged with a further 50 breaches of FA Rule E8 for placing bets on football matches between August 12, 2023 and October 12, 2023, after joining the Magpies.

The two-month suspension is suspended until the end of the 2024/25 season, meaning he will be banned from all football-related activity during that period of time if he commits another offence, but will be eligible to return from August 27 if avoids further sanctions. He was also fined £20,000 and warned by the FA about his future conduct.

A statement released by Newcastle read: “As acknowledged by the FA in the independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons, the level of assistance Sandro has provided in self-referring and cooperating fully with a subsequent investigation is extraordinary and unprecedented.

“Sandro fully admitted his betting activity, and did so in circumstances where there was no other evidence to support misconduct proceedings.

“Sandro continues with a therapeutic plan and an educational program with the full support of the club and will continue training with his teammates.”

In written reasons published by the FA, Tonali admitted placing between 40 and 50 football bets between August and October last year, including four bets on Newcastle to win.

What Newcastle bets did Tonali make?

  • An accumulator bet involving Newcastle beating Brighton on September 2, 2023 or Newcastle beating Burnley on September 30, 2023.
  • A combination bet that includes Newcastle beating Brentford on September 16, 2023
  • A single bet on Newcastle beating Manchester City on September 27, 2023
  • A combination bet that includes Newcastle beating West Ham on October 8, 2023.

The 23-year-old, who admitted he was aware that betting on football is illegal, played in four of the five matches and was an unused substitute in the other.

Tonali said he does not remember the exact amount he indicated on each bet, but it would not be more than €10,000 (£8,560). He also confessed that he would have placed other bets on Premier League matches, but denied having placed bets on the Champions League or international football.

The written pleas also say Tonali self-reported the violations on Oct. 20, 2023, which was considered “the earliest possible opportunity.”

The news comes after Brentford striker Ivan Toney completed an eight-month suspension for breaching FA betting rules which, unlike Tonali’s 10-month ban, saw him suspended from all football-related activity. He returned to action in January 2024.

Last September, Nottingham Forest defender Harry Tofolo received a five-month suspended ban after admitting 375 breaches of betting rules, having placed 40 historic bets involving his own team, 15 of them against his own team.

Toffolo’s deteriorating mental health and belief that his football career was in decline were “a very substantial mitigation” for his breach of the FA’s betting rules, according to an independent regulatory commission.