Sandro Tonali joined Newcastle in July
Newcastle have confirmed that midfielder Sandro Tonali is being investigated by the Italian Prosecutor‘s Office and the Italian Football Federation for breaching betting regulations.
The 23-year-old Italy international was withdrawn from his country’s squad before the Euro 2024 qualifying defeat to England at Wembley on Tuesday evening and his club has released a statement saying he is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
The Premier League club said: “Newcastle can confirm that Sandro Tonali is being investigated by the Italian Prosecutor’s Office and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in connection with illegal betting activities.
“Sandro is fully involved in the investigation and will continue to cooperate with all relevant authorities.
“He and his family will continue to have the full support of the club.
Due to this ongoing process, Sandro and Newcastle cannot provide further comment at this time.
Sandro Tonali has been capped 15 times by Italy
Tonali was one of several players named in an Italian soccer betting investigation last week and it was reported that he admitted at Tuesday’s hearing that he bet on matches involving his former club AC Milan.
Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli has been handed a seven-month suspension by the FIGC for violating betting regulations.
Fagioli was handed a one-year and five-month ban and fined 12,500 euros (£10,848), while he agreed to a therapy plan of at least six months to address his gambling problem, the FIGC announced.
Tonali, who has 15 senior caps for Italy, was signed by Newcastle from Milan for £55 million in July and has made seven Premier League appearances.