Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could benefit from the consequences from the ongoing situation involving Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali.
Last week, it was reported that Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa star Nicolo Zaniolo were being investigated for potentially violating gambling legislation in Italy. Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli was fined €12,000 and banned for seven months for breaking betting rules.
According to reports, Tonali admitted during an Italian Federation hearing to betting on AC Milan, his club at the time, to win. According to FIFA Code 26, this might result in a three-year penalty for the player.
Tonali is likely to benefit from cooperating with Italian government. The 23-year-old is currently in Italy, and his agent has claimed that he has been suffering with gambling addiction, and he may be out for a year rather than three.
“He [Tonali] knows he made a mistake and is quite shaken,” said the player’s agent, Beppe Riso, according to ChronicleLive. “However, he understands that he must face the situation head on.”
“Newcastle has always been important to him.” “He’s playing the most important game of his career, that of gambling addiction, and I’m confident he’ll win.”Sandro is in shock, but he is continuing to train and may be able to play on Saturday.
“I hope this gambling addiction issue will help to save Sandro’s life as well as many other young guys affected by same problem.”Sandro realized he needed to focus on this issue and confront gambling addiction with a strong, determined approach.”
Newcastle has been rattled by these allegations, and club authorities are now dealing with the problem. Tonali joined Newcastle for £55 million from AC Milan in July.
Newcastle have been short on midfield options this season, with Joe Willock yet to feature in 2023-24. Joelinton has also been plagued by injuries in recent weeks, heightening the magnitude of the loss of Tonali.
Eddie Howe boosted his team ahead of a heavier game schedule due to Champions League action, although Tonali was the only headline arrival that fit with the club’s increasing profile. Chelsea and Tottenham have benefited from his potential absence in the top-four fight.
Despite sitting atop the table, Tottenham’s return to Europe’s elite tournament might be considered as a successful season given the pre-season pessimism. Chelsea are also only two points behind Newcastle, who are seventh, as they look to improve under Mauricio Pochettino.