Newcastle United’s new cult hero Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa’s Nicolo Zaniolo face a minimal three-year ban for betting. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Lively EPL gamers out
Italy’s nationwide soccer crew will probably be with out two on-form English Premier League (EPL) midfield gamers when it faces England on Tuesday after the pair left coaching camp following a playing investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s Workplace of Turin.
The 2 out are Sandro Tonali, 23, who has change into a family identify at EPL facet Newcastle United FC, and Nicolo Zaniolo, 24, of Aston Villa FC. Italian sports activities journalist Fabrizio Romano took to X Friday to state the gamers had left the Italy camp after police questioning:
In keeping with Soccer Italia, the prosecutor knowledgeable Tonali and Zaniolo they have been below a betting probe after Juventus midfielder Nicolò Fagioli allegedly turned himself in for unlawful on-line betting.
The English language information web site states Tonali and Zaniolo allegedly made the bets once they have been nonetheless in Italy enjoying for AC Milan and AFC Roma, respectively.
In keeping with Italian media, police questioned Tonali and Zaniolo at Coverciano, the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC)’s technical headquarters and coaching floor for the nationwide crew.
Whereas the pair will miss Italy’s Euro 2024 qualifiers towards Malta and England on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively, that’s doubtless the least of their worries proper now.
In keeping with Soccer Italia, “all soccer players in Italy are banned from placing bets on any football event” that falls below FIFA, UEFA, or FIGC occasions.
in Italy the minimal penalty for betting on soccer video games is three years.
Not like in England, the place the English Soccer Affiliation banned Toney for eight months, in Italy the minimal penalty for betting on soccer video games is three years.
It will get worse
In keeping with Soccer Italia, if the FIGC imposes bans on Tonali and Zaniolo for allegedly betting on Serie A video games, FIFA would then lengthen the ban worldwide.
Of the Italian trio going through three-year-minimum bans, Aston Villa’s Zaniolo seems to be within the hottest water. The midfielder allegedly wager on a Coppa Italia sport involving his then Serie A crew Roma whereas he was nonetheless on their lively participant roster.