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Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali was given a two-month suspended punishment for violating betting rules, the English Football Association announced on Thursday.

Tonali is already serving a 10-month ban imposed by the Italian federation for betting on teams he has played for, which has kept him out of action since October.

Tonali acknowledged to breaking the FA’s rules 50 times by betting on matches between August 12 and October 12 of last year. He self-reported these violations on Oct. 20 and admitted to betting on four Newcastle games, three of which he was involved in, but always on his club to win.

Tonali, 23, had a two-month ban suspended till the end of next season “pending any further breaches” of the betting rules, as well as a 20,000 pound ($25,000) fine and warning from an independent regulatory body.

“The compelling reasons to suspend the sporting sanction include the fact that Tonali self-referred this misconduct, made full admissions as to it, and did so in circumstances where there is no other evidence to support these misconduct proceedings,” said the board of directors.

Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan last July for a speculated sum of up to £60 million ($76.3 million). However, he only made 12 appearances for the club due to a betting inquiry that resulted in Juventus midfielder Nicolò Fagioli’s seven-month sentence.

Tonali admitted to prosecutors that he bet on Milan and Brescia while playing for those clubs. Tonali’s representative, Giuseppe Riso, said his client had a gambling problem.

Tonali agreed to a plea bargain with the Italian federation, which includes gambling addiction rehabilitation.

 

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