Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali is being investigated by prosecutors in Italy for allegedly breaching betting guidelines, the Premier League membership has mentioned.
The Italian Prosecutor’s Workplace and the Italian Soccer Federation have launched investigations into the soccer star, who joined the Magpies from AC Milan for £55m in the summertime, however might now face a prolonged enjoying ban.
Tonali, 23, was withdrawn from the Italy squad forward of Tuesday’s Euro 2024 qualifying defeat to England at Wembley, together with fellow Italian, Nicolo Zaniolo, who’s on mortgage at Aston Villa from Turkish membership, Galatasaray.
Tonali and Zaniolo final week returned to their golf equipment from Italy’s coaching camp after it emerged they had been being investigated.
Newcastle mentioned in a press release: “Sandro Tonali and Newcastle United can affirm that Sandro Tonali is topic to investigation by the Italian Prosecutor’s Workplace and Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) in relation to unlawful betting exercise.
“Sandro is totally participating with the investigation and can proceed to cooperate with all related authorities.
“He and his household will proceed to obtain the membership’s full assist.
“As a consequence of this ongoing course of, Sandro and Newcastle United are unable to supply additional remark at the moment.”
Tonali was one among a number of gamers named in an Italian soccer betting investigation final week.
Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli was banned for seven months by the FIGC for breaching betting guidelines on Tuesday.
Fagioli had 5 months of a one-year ban suspended and was fined 12,500 euros (£10,848), and agreed to have six months of therapy for his playing drawback, the FIGC mentioned.
Tonali, who has 15 senior caps for Italy, has made seven Premier League appearances.
His agent, Giuseppe Riso, admitted the participant is preventing a playing dependancy, whereas talking at an occasion on the Italian embassy in London on Tuesday.
Mr Riso mentioned: “Sandro suffers playing dependancy. He is preventing to keep away from that and I am positive he’ll win this tough sport.
“He’s in shock, he’s shaken and unhappy. I hope that this expertise saves his life and that of many others, that it helps those that fall into the identical behavior as him.
“Sandro is coaching, and on Saturday he might additionally play.”