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More Bad News For Newcastle In What Could Become A Disastrous Season

Just when we thought things could not get much worse t Newcastle with all our injuries and bad luck, we learned yesterday that Sandro Tonali has been charged with 50 counts of betting when he was a Newcastle player from August 8th through October 8th of last year.

Newcastle and Tonali must now wait for an independent regulatory commission to see what, if any, punishment he will receive for these betting irregularities.

Sky Sports’ reporter Keith Downie is reporting that Newcastle do not think his ban of 10 months will be lengthened by these new charges, which are separate from those he is serving now for the 10-month ban.

Those were for illegal bets he placed while he was with AC Milan in Serie A.

Surely the FA will take into account the current 10-month ban and the education and therapy he is receiving both at Newcastle and in Italy, for his gambling addiction.

Maybe his ban can be backdated to coincide with some of the time already served on his 10-month world ban.

Otherwise, it seems a little bit like double jeopardy but you never know what these independent commissions will come up with.

Newcastle and Tonali have been given until April 5 to respond to yesterday’s charge.

A Newcastle statement read:

“Sandro continues to fully comply with relevant investigations and he retains the club’s full support.

“Due to this ongoing process, Sandro and Newcastle United are unable to offer further comment at this time.”

Tonali has trained with his teammates during his 10-month ban.

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11 comments so far

  • The Ledge

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    “We don’t know (if his 10 month ban will be extended). I certainly hope there’s no further consequences. But we don’t have specific information to say there’s clarity on it.
    “He’s suffered during this period. He’s seeked help, been honest, cooperative & admitted he has an issue.
    “I’d be hugely disappointed if that ban (10 months) was extended. Sandro has an illness & that illness didn’t stop when he moved from Italy to England.
    “Let’s not throw the book at him.”

    I’m glad our manager isn’t as stupid as some on here when it comes to addiction .

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I prepared this rhyme the other day explaining why I’ve decided not to post a different rhyme which I’d written earlier.  (You with me?)

    Following recent developments, I’m now even hesitant to post this one as the blog has become a touch sensitive over the last couple of days

    Anyhoo,  here goes…

    The Happy Hammers and David Moyes
    Are coming tomorrow to challenge our boys
    So I thought I’d rewrite their anthem song
    For all you lads to sing along

    But just before I was about post
    I thought, ‘If this goes out then I’m surely toast’
    Because as I’ve received some grief of late
    I think any more banter could well seal my fate

    Since I was added to Fenner’s freakshow list
    I’ve been doing my best to try and resist
    Causing further disruption and rattling his cage
    And risking yet more of his fewmin outrage

    It’s clear that Mort’s gotten under his skin
    Which, although he’ll deny it, appears a bit thin
    He sees conspirators and alts at every turn
    And I’ve been taking more flak than Big Dan Burn

    I’ve been labelled a troll and a hypocrite 
    A mate of Mort’s and other such shit
    So adding yet more of my cheeky ass verse
    Would no doubt be making things very much worse

    He says words are like water off a duck”s back 
    But most every day he goes on the attack
    Ranting and raving about what’s been said 
    I think that it’s actually starting to mess with his head

    Yet as ‘Davey’ he trolled here a while ago
    And has had more alts than we can possibly know 
    And has caused more rucks than anyone by far
    It’s a bit like the kettle calling the pot noir

    I’d penned a few verses of ‘Blowing Bubbles’
    Which no doubt would only just add to my troubles
    So I’ve decided in the blog’s best interest and mine
    It would be wise not to publish my latest top rhyme

    Was it the best I’ve written? I do think so
    But unfortunately boys, you’ll now never know 
    You’d have been singing it tomorrow when sat in your seats
    And again in the evening whilst out on the streets
    It would have been the headline song for wor John J 
    At next Friday’s gig at Whitley Bay 
    So you’re all missing out on a top level song
    Just cos a daft lad from Fenham has got me all wrong! 


  • Mickey G

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    There isn’t any logic to an addiction and I suspect, there isn’t any point using logic to the FAs decisions

  • simon376

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s just hope ban runs alongside and education and treatment on top. A win tomorrow will make us all feel a bit better

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    II think what Bills is getting at is there are always betting alternatives to football matches.

    Addiction or not, at the moments Tonali felt the need to place a bet he could have chosen from a myriad of other sports worldwide instead, which wouldn’t have lead to him being banned.

    He’d have been better off shovelling a couple of grand on the favourite in the 2.50 at Yarra Valley, or the Korean Volleyball than fancying our chances at Anfield.

  • Mickey G

    Mar 29, 2024 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon Irish, answer to your question, regarding , score prediction.
    Lots of goals , Bowen is always a threat.
    A win 4-2

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 29, 2024 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Tonali has an addiction which is a mental health issue. Throwing the book at him is wrong. To say the lad has a flawed character is absolutely wrong as his character would have been investigated by us before signing him. How the hell were NUFC aware of this gambling addiction?

    I truly hope he is allowed back in August as he will be crucial to us next season. He will come back on fire and he will show the world why we paid £55m for his services. I’m glad that all at the club are not criticising him but are supporting him, you can’t get a better man manager than Eddie for what Tonali needs right now. Most of us the fan base will give the lad a huge huge welcome back when he starts next. That will ensure he comes out them traps like a man possessed on a mission to be his absolute best, and f*** the rest.

  • Mund

    Mar 29, 2024 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9


    Well said by the main man

    It’s clear as day the ones saying anything are ones who have never suffered with addiction thinking it’s just a walk in the park

  • 9

    Mar 29, 2024 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    So it’s all down to this Independent Regulatory Commission. Unless there have been recent changes, this means 3 ex-footballers, one of whom since qualified as a solicitor, the Chairman, Stuart Ripley. The other two are Alan Hardy and Tony Agana. At least they know what they’re talking about, so good luck to you, gents, and good luck to our Italian nugget.
    What a heck of a season!

  • north east lincs toon

    Mar 29, 2024 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Another stab in back from masters and slimy) cartel


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