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Sandro Tonali could face 18 months ban if found guilty for betting charges

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

October 16 2023
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Sandro Tonali left Italy’s camp during the October international break

When authorities interviewed Sandro Tonali and his countryman Nicolo Zaniolo at Italy’s training facility Coverciano last week, the Newcastle and Italy midfielder was formally placed under inquiry.

Il Corriere della Sera reported that Tonali sought treatment for gambling addiction while in tears.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sandro Tonali is willing to ‘collaborate’ with the FIGC and Turin Prosecutors by disclosing all he understands regarding the scandalous wagering and the occurrences he gambled on.

Fagioli, 22, promptly cooperated with authorities and provided crucial information in the inquiry, thus the punishment will be light.

Sandro Tonali and the other players involved may face harsher penalties because, according to Gazzetta, FIGC wants to send a “strong signal” to footballers and the general public.

Furthermore, whether Tonali bet on Milan matches while a Rossoneri player is apparently yet unknown. Authorities are still examining the Newcastle midfielder’s and Zaniolo’s cell phones and laptops.

It will require some time for the probe to be finished before knowing how long Tonali will be suspended if his self-report and what detectives uncover in his devices correspond. Tonali is expected to face a ban of around 18 months.

Nicol Fagioli, a midfielder for Juventus, used a similar approach and was where the investigation began.

According to Gazzetta, gambling in football violates Article 24 of the Code of Sporting Justice because both Tonali and Fagioli did it. If they were confirmed, they would be subject to a maximum three-year ban, but a plea deal could permit them to reduce the penalty by half.

According to the article, Fagioli will appear before FIGC Prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné for one final time this week. Following that, the Juventus midfielder is predicted to be given a 10 to 18 month suspension.

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