Newcastle are seeking clarity over Sandro Tonali’s global ban after a translation issue raised concerns about his eligibility to train with the first team.
Last week it was confirmed that Tonali had been banned from competition for ten months, in a huge blow to Eddie Howe’s strong side.
Initial reports suggested Tonali was facing a 12-month ban after allegations he bet on AC Milan games while on their books ahead of his £52million summer move to Newcastle.
However, his admission of guilt and his willingness to seek treatment for what his agent described as a “gambling addiction” are believed to have helped him overturn the ban.
As part of the reduced suspension, it was expected that the midfielder would be able to train freely for Newcastle during his suspension, but there are now doubts as to whether this will be the case.
Newcastle will seek clarification over Sandro Tonali’s global football ban
There is uncertainty over whether Tonali will be allowed to train with the Magpies during his suspension
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Confusion over the matter remains after a FIFA translation appeared to say he cannot in fact train with Newcastle.
The Tyneside club will now seek clarity on the matter but remain confident they will be cleared to train once the issue has been resolved.
Tonali, who moved to the Magpies from AC Milan for £55m, will miss the rest of the season after agreeing to a settlement over his betting scandal.
The head of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, confirmed that an agreement had been reached for a 10-month ban, including eight months of therapy, and praised Tonali’s cooperation in the process.
He was fined €12,500 (£10,850) and also agreed to a treatment plan of at least six months to address his gambling problem.
Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli also received a seven-month ban for betting violations.
Tonali was benched for Newcastle’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund
Brentford’s Ivan Toney received a similar ban and was only allowed to return to training after serving four months of his eight-month ban
In May, Brentford striker Ivan Toney received an eight-month betting ban and only returned to training after serving the four-month ban.
Toney was hit with the hefty ban and £50,000 fine after committing 232 breaches of the FA’s betting rules.
As part of the punishment he was unable to train with his club for the first half of the suspension, but worked hard away from Brentford and was recently pictured training alone ahead of a key step in his comeback journey.