Sandro Tonali could face a heavy sentence if found guilty in the betting investigation


Newcastle United’s Sandro Tonali is facing a possible ban of up to three years following an investigation into illegal betting. Alongside him, Nicolo Zaniolo, currently on loan at Aston Villa, is also involved in this investigation launched by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The pair of Premier League players left Italy’s training camp after learning of the investigation and were subsequently questioned by police.

The charge revolves around the use of illegal online betting platforms. In Italy, the use of licensed betting is not a criminal offence.

However, the use of unlicensed betting can lead to criminal charges, with a sentence of up to three months or a fine ranging from 51,000 to 516,000 euros.


If it is proven that they have bet on football, this would violate Article 24 of the sports justice code. The punishment for this offense is a ban of at least three years and a fine of at least 25,000 euros.

That suspension can be reduced by 50 percent through a plea deal, potentially bringing it down to 18 months.

According to The Telegraph, any ban from this investigation is likely to apply worldwide, including to the Premier League. The situation is certainly one to watch closely.