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Newcastle United: Howe backs FA stance on Tonali


Eddie Howe says the Football Association were right not to extend Sandro Tonali’s playing ban for breaches of betting regulations.

The Newcastle United midfielder was already serving a 10-month suspension for breaking betting rules in Italy during his time with Milan and Brescia.

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And yesterday he was handed an additional two-month suspended sentence for placing between 40 and 50 bets on matches following his move to the Premier League, including five involving the Tyneside club.

Given the second sanction is suspended, the 23-year-old is still eligible to return when his initial ban expires in August 2024.

Howe said: “It was the right decision, I think, that the FA arrived at – that his ban is not extended. Sandro is currently working hard behind the scenes. He has trained very well. As I have said many times, we are still supporting him and helping him as he serves his time.

“When the whole thing started he was very keen to hold his hands up and help uncover the extent of the problem. He was sorry for what he had done, he admitted he had issues and needed help and I think he deserves credit for that.

“It certainly helped in the process and to deal with what happened. I think that helped him to put it behind him and move into a new phase in his life.”

Like many clubs, Newcastle have struggled with injuries this season but the situation is starting to clear with Miguel Almiron, Nick Pope and Joelinton potentially fit for tomorrow’s trip to relegation-threatened Burnley.

Howe added: “That’s three good experienced players who are taking their first steps back and that has given us all a lift.

“I have got to make some decisions that are best for them individually and for the team.

“They have all had different injuries but they have been significant injuries and we need to make sure we get this call right.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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