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Newcastle and Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali has been handed a 10-month ban from football for breaching  betting regulations.

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Earlier this month, Turin prosecutors revealed they were investigating Tonali as well as Aston Villa midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo for their alleged involvement in illegal betting activities.

According to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Tonali cooperated with the investigation and reached a plea bargain after admitting to betting on AC Milan’s victory during his tenure with the club.

His guilty plea reduced his suspension, which could have been as long as three years under FIFA rules.

In addition to a 10-month ban, the 23-year-old has been handed a fine of €20,000 for violating rules that prohibit players from placing bets on football events organised by the FIGC, as well as UEFA and FIFA.

Additionally, as part of his agreement with Italian authorities, Tonali will be required to attend problem gambling treatment sessions and deliver a series of talks about his personal experiences over an additional eight-month span.

The ban means the midfielder will be absent for the rest of Newcastle’s current season and miss the Euro 2024 finals, should Italy qualify. 

Although Tonali cannot participate in competitive football matches during the ban, he can still train with Newcastle and take part in friendly matches

Zaniolo’s case is still ongoing.

However, earlier this month, Juventus’ midfielder Nicolo Fagioli, who was also involved in the betting scandal, received a seven-month ban and was fined €12,500 after being found guilty of betting on illegal platforms.

The 22-year-old also has to undergo gambling therapy and attend at least 10 public meetings as part of his treatment.