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Eddie Howe not sure of prolonged Sandro Tonali ban after contemporary betting cost


Newcastle United supervisor Eddie Howe has admitted the membership had been anticipating Sandro Tonali to be charged by the Soccer Affiliation over additional betting breaches.

Tonali, who’s serving a ten-month ban for playing offences throughout his time in Italy, was charged on Thursday for making an extra 50 bets between August and October 2023 – the final of which got here on the day he was first interviewed by police whereas away on worldwide responsibility with Italy.

The midfielder is now dealing with the chance of an prolonged ban if the FA select to inflict additional punishment, and Howe admits he doesn’t know what the longer term holds for Tonali.

“It was no shock to us,” Howe mentioned. “Sandro from day one cooperated and was very trustworthy with us, the membership, and the authorities, what he has performed and what occurred. It was no shock and we now have been supporting him by this course of.

“We do not know [if the ban will be extended] is the trustworthy reply. I actually hope for Sandro that there is no such thing as a additional penalties. He has suffered throughout this era, he is seeked assist, he is been very trustworthy, admitted he has a problem and the perfect factor for Sandro could be to renew his profession having taken his punishment and realized numerous lesson.

“You possibly can’t quantify how a lot we have missed him this season. It has been irritating past perception. If that ban was prolonged, we might nonetheless be feeling that ache and so would Sandro. He desires to play soccer.”

Sandro Tonali

Tonali made 12 appearances for Newcastle earlier than his ban / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Throughout his suspension, Tonali has been free to coach with Newcastle and has additionally been engaged on his English, with a view to being prepared to assist the workforce as quickly as his ban involves an finish.

Because it stands, Tonali’s ban will expire in August 2024, however he may face additional time on the sidelines if the FA select to increase his suspension.

Tonali’s absence has damage a Newcastle aspect who’ve battled accidents all season. In midfield, Joelinton underwent surgical procedure on his groin in January and should not return this season, whereas younger Lewis Miley is now out with an harm picked up on worldwide responsibility.

“Lewis has come again to us with a again drawback, we’re in search of specialist opinion on him, we do not know precisely what it’s proper now,” Howe defined.