Newcastle Manager Eddie Howe Concerned Over Sandro Tonali’s Betting Charges

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has expressed his hope that midfielder Sandro Tonali avoids further consequences after being charged by the Football Association for alleged breaches of betting rules.

Tonali, who is already serving a 10-month ban for breaching betting rules in Italy, faces misconduct charges from the FA for alleged breaches of betting rules during his time as a Newcastle player. The 23-year-old Italian midfielder joined Newcastle from AC Milan for £55m in July.

Speaking on the matter, Howe stated, “He has suffered during this period and he has sought help.” Howe emphasized that Tonali’s struggles with gambling addiction were present both in Italy and England, urging people to view the situation from a perspective of support and understanding rather than punitive measures.

Tonali has until April 5 to respond to the FA’s charges. His current ban, which runs until August, stems from breaches of the Italian Football Federation’s rules prior to his move to England. Despite being banned from competitive play, Tonali is allowed to train with his teammates.

Manager Howe highlighted Tonali’s efforts to seek help for his addiction, noting regular meetings in both England and Italy to address the issue.

The case echoes similar incidents in football, including Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s return from an eight-month ban for breaches of the FA’s betting rules. Former England and Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, who has spoken openly about his own struggles with gambling addiction during his career, criticized the bans imposed on Tonali and Toney, labeling them a “disgrace.”

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