Sandro Tonali: Banned Newcastle star hit with new FA charge after 50 bets in first two months of season

Banned: Sandro Tonali (Action Images via Reuters)
Banned: Sandro Tonali (Action Images via Reuters)

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association's betting rules.

Tonali is alleged to have breached FA rule E8 50 times by betting on matches between August 12, 2023 and October 12, 2023. The 23-year-old has until April 5 to respond.

The Italy international, who cost Newcastle upwards of £55million last summer, was last October banned for 10 months following an investigation by the Italian Prosecutor's Officer and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) over illegal betting while he was an AC Milan player.

Tonali is current set to be available to play again in late August but faces the prospect of a fresh ban with this new charge from the English FA, covering his first two months as a Premier League player.

Newcastle said in a statement: "Newcastle United acknowledges a misconduct charge received by Sandro Tonali in respect of alleged breaches of FA Betting Rules.

"Sandro continues to fully comply with relevant investigations and he retains the club's full support.

"Due to this ongoing process, Sandro and Newcastle United are unable to offer further comment at this time."