Newcastle Boss Eddie Howe Unfazed by Latest Sandro Tonali Charges

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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe expressed little surprise at the FA’s decision to charge Sandro Tonali (23) over alleged betting breaches.

Howe hopes the midfielder can avoid further punishment. Tonali, who already faces a 10-month ban from the Italian Football Federation for similar breaches during his time in Serie A, faces 50 charges from the FA for betting on matches between August 12th and October 12th, 2023.

Newcastle acquired Tonali in July last year for a reported fee of 70 million euros, making him the most expensive Italian player ever.

However, his debut season with Newcastle was cut short when he was notified of an investigation by Italian prosecutors on October 12th, leading to his subsequent ban.

Sandro Tonali made eight league appearances this season, netting one goal. His agent disclosed that Tonali was battling a gambling addiction.

“It (the FA charge) was no surprise to us. It may have been externally, but we’ve been supporting him through this process,” Howe told reporters.

“Sandro from day one was very honest with the club, the authorities about what he had done and the issues he had.

“He is seeking help on a regular basis. This is something which won’t go away for him, so he has regular meetings in Italy and England to deal with the problems he has.”

Asked if he thought Tonali’s ban would be extended, Howe said: “We don’t know. I certainly hope for Sandro that there is no further consequences.”

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“I’m really positive about his comeback, whenever that is, and the impact it will have on the team,” he added.

Newcastle currently sits in 10th place in the standings with 40 points. They are set to host West Ham United, who are in seventh place and hold a four-point advantage over them, on Saturday.

“We want to be closing that gap, they have done well, they are a dangerous team. We are back at home, we left on a good note in our last game against Wolves and we are desperate to carry that on again,” Howe said.

“The last 10 games are a really good opportunity to finish the season strongly.”

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