The Italian sporting authorities have been taking strict measures against illicit sporting activities lately. Their actions include the significant penalty imposed on Paul Pogba for failing a doping test and now the ban on Sandro Tonali from professional football. Tonali is currently seeking to appeal and modify this decision.
Following the investigation into the potential punishment for Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali, it has been determined that he will face a 10-month ban. As Tonali seeks to negotiate a less severe penalty, Newcastle is actively looking for potential replacements for the talented midfielder.
Sandro Tonali banned for 10 months
Newcastle United confirmed that their 23-year-old player was under investigation by the Italian Prosecutor’s Office and the Italian Football Federation due to alleged involvement in illegal betting activities. He has admitted to placing bets on his former club, AC Milan, which may result in a reported 10-month ban.
Previously Italy boss Luciano Spalletti opened up on “traumatic” dismissal of Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo amid the illegal betting fiasco and the ongoing investigation.
The Italian international, whose services were acquired by Newcastle for £55 million in July, has made a positive impact on the team thus far. However, his impending ban is a significant setback for Eddie Howe’s side as they seek to advance in the Champions League and climb the Premier League table.
Newcastle and Sandro Tonali will soon learn the midfielder’s fate, but the team’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Wolves. Following that, they face Dortmund in Germany in their next Champions League match on November 7.
Potential replacements for Tonali
Newcastle United is now exploring potential midfield replacements for Sandro Tonali and has included Scott McTominay in their shortlist, with the player currently at Manchester United. In other transfer news, Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly interested in Bayern Munich’s young talent, Jamal Musiala. Meanwhile, Fulham is showing interest in Stuttgart’s in-form striker, Serhou Guirassy.
The Sun has also reported that there are other options, including Kalvin Phillips, Joao Palhinha and Amadou Onana, who are lined up to replace Sandro Tonali if he is eventually suspended effectively.
Manchester city star Kalvin Phillips seems to be a viable option for the Tonali, albeit only a loan move could be in the cards.
On the other hand, the Red Devils Scott McTominay is being closely tracked by the club, who was originally expected to leave Manchester in summer. It seems, however, the youngster’s return to grace could stand in the way for Newcastle to push for a move for McTominay.
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