Sandro Tonali: FA made the ‘right decision’ on Newcastle midfielder

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe says he welcomes the Football Association’s decision suspend Sandro Tonali’s two-month ban.

Tonali, 23, will return to play at the end of August, if he does not commit any further betting violations before the end of next season.

The Italian midfielder is already serving a 10-month ban until August for infractions committed during his stay in Italy.

“I think it was the right decision the FA came to – that his ban should not be extended,” Howe said.

Tonali took a voluntary pay cut after his original ban was imposed.

“It was something I wanted to do, I felt guilty… to show the club in good faith that I was sorry,” Howe added.

“I was determined to put it behind me and try to learn from it.”

Tonali was charged by the FA in March and admitted placing between 40 and 50 football bets after joining Newcastle from AC Milan last July, including four on the Magpies’ results.

Howe said Tonali deserved credit for admitting he “was having problems and needed help.”

“I see a small fraction of his life on the training ground. He’s been a good professional and trained very well,” Howe added.

“I’m sure he’s been through some tough times, but he’s behaved positively.”

After playing in the Champions League this season, they failed to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition for the 2025-25 campaign.

Howe said Tonali would have been a “great player” for the Magpies and “driven” the team to “key results” had he been available.

“It has been a great frustration to have a player of great quality that you cannot use,” he added.

“I know what he can do and the difference he will have made this year, but it wasn’t like that.”