Newcastle midfielder handed two-month suspended ban for 50 breaches of FA betting rules


Sandro Tonali has escaped an extension to his global 10-month betting ban after admitting gambling on Newcastle matches following his move to the Premier League.

The midfielder has been given a suspended two-month ban and fined £20,000 by an independent FA regulatory commission, meaning he remains free to return on August 27 when the ban for betting on matches in Italy expires.

Tonali voluntarily provided information on bets placed following last summer’s £52million transfer to Newcastle from AC Milan, which included 50 on football and four on the Magpies to win matches.

He placed an accumulator when Newcastle played Brighton or Burnley, and also against Brentford and West Ham. He had a single bet during the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, a match in which he played. He said the value of each bet did not exceed £8,500. The total of all bets was ‘well in excess’ of £100,000.

Tonali, 23, was praised for his assistance in the FA investigation, while it was revealed he has taken a substantial voluntary reduction in salary since his original ban was imposed.

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