The AC Milan summer signing faces a three-year ban for gambling offenses committed while playing in Serie A.
Despite a continuing gambling investigation, Eddie Howe has announced that Sando Tonali is eligible for Newcastle this weekend.
The midfielder is being investigated by Italian authorities for possible betting violations while playing for AC Milan. Tonali reportedly revealed to authorities in Milan over the weekend that he bet on Milan games and has a gambling problem.
Newcastle have thrown their support behind the £55 million summer signing, who faces a three-year ban if found guilty. Tonali’s punishment might be even harsher than that of Juventus star Nicolo Fagioli, who has been suspended for seven months. Nicolo Zaniolo of Aston Villa is also being investigated, however the club is certain that the Galatasaray loanee has not been betting on football, but may have played “online card games.”
This weekend, Newcastle will face Crystal Palace. While Howe feels Tonali has trained well, he will make a judgment on his selection closer to kickoff.
“He’s had a difficult couple of weeks and has had to deal with a lot.” From what I can tell, he’s conducting himself well and dealing with his emotions effectively, but I’ll have to make a decision. I need to get back to football and what he’s doing on the field in order to make the greatest option for the team.
“That’s difficult enough, and now he’s in this situation.” As a football club, we immediately wrapped our arms around him and provided him the love and support he required.
“We’ve communicated extensively with him and his family.” The people surrounding him will be significant, and he has carried himself with dignity and respect.”
When asked if the claims surprised him, Howe responded, “I received a phone call from (sporting director) Dan Ashowrth during the international break.” It came as a complete surprise to everyone.
“These are the things that can happen in this job.” My first thoughts were for Sandro, and I wanted to make sure he was okay. There are so many various things that can happen in people’s daily life. Footballers are human beings, and seeing them as anything other is incorrect. We all have vulnerabilities and challenging situations in our lives.
“The most important thing is education.” Getting such information to the players in the academies and building positive habits in your life as a professional athlete. That is our responsibility as a clb.
Howe was also asked if Newcastle felt AC Milan knew about the gambling investigation when they decided to trade Tonali, but he declined, saying he couldn’t comment.