Here is why Tonali could play for Newcastle this weekend amidst ban due to gambling
Amidst reports of Sandro Tonali receiving a 10-month ban from football, Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed that the Italian would be available to play this weekend in the premier league.
In a pre-match press conference held today, Friday, October 27, 2023, by Newcastle, Eddie Howe confirmed that Tonali could be available for the club's fixture this weekend against Wolves. According to Eddie Howe, the club has not received an official confirmation from the Italian authorities legalising the ban and prompting it to take full effect.
Sky Sports also reports that the Italian authorities need to rubberstamp and make the ban official, which could still be done today, Friday, October 27, 2023. However, until it becomes official, the Italian is still very much available for selection tomorrow.
Eddie Howe stated, "We've not had official confirmation as a football club. We've not had anything from the Italian authorities so we are waiting for that official confirmation to come through. There's a high chance he could be available for us. A few things need to happen before the ban is imposed so let's see. You saw from the Dortmund game he did very well. He's been bright and he's trained. The only way I can judge him is on that. He's been good around the group and the training ground. From how I can see, he's handling himself in the right way. I think I said in the press conference the other day, I can't work with hindsight. We didn't know this was even a possibility. There's a frustration that we won't have him now as I liked him as a footballer."
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