Newcastle receive major Sandro Tonali boost as ban length 'agreed' with Italian authorities
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Newcastle have reportedly received a positive update over Sandro Tonali's potential suspension ahead of their Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.
Tonali is currently under investigation by the Italian football federation (FIGC) in relation to an illegal betting probe.
According to Sky Sports Italy, the midfielder's legal team are working on a plea bargain, and are close to agreeing a 10-month ban.
Tonali faces a maximum ban from football of three years should he be in breach of Article 24 of the sporting justice code, which relates to betting on football.
Should the 10-month ban be confirmed, the Italian will miss the rest of the Premier League season and next summer's Euro 2024 tournament, should Italy qualify for the competition.
The player's agent stated last week at an event in London that the midfielder has been battling a gambling addiction, and added: "I hope this gambling addiction issue will help to save Sandro's life as well as many other young guys affected by the same problem.
"Sandro understood that he has to focus on this issue and face up to the gambling addiction with a strong, determined approach."
Tonali was named on the bench for Newcastle's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, making a late cameo
He then led the squad on their traditional lap of applause around St James' Park, and was visibly emotional while doing so.
Newcastle 'receive positive Sandro Tonali update'
But according to the Daily Mail, there is positive news surrounding Tonali despite his reported impending suspension.
It is said that the Italian is likely to feature against Dortmund in tonight's Champions League clash, despite UEFA not wanting him to play. However, as any ban is yet to be confirmed by Italian football authorities, they were 'powerless' to stop him.
But the major update is that Tonali is said to be free to train with Newcastle throughout his ban. It means that, although the Italian cannot play matches during his suspension, he will be able to keep his fitness and sharpness as well and continue his integration with the rest of the squad.
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