Newcastle United Threaten To Sue AC Milan Over Sandro Tonali’s Betting Ban For 10-12 months:
Newcastle United have threatened to sue AC Milan over the imminent betting ban of their summer signing, Sandro Tonali.
The 23-year-old Italian midfielder is expected to be handed a 10-12 month suspension by the Italian FA today for his involvement in the Serie A betting scandal. He has admitted to placing bets on both Brescia and Milan during his times at both clubs.
Tonali’s legal team are negotiating a deal that’ll likely see him handed a 10-12 month ban and the expectation is that this’ll be confirmed in the coming hours, with all parties keen to finalise proceedings.
On Tuesday, Newcastle reportedly threatened to launch a multimillion-euro lawsuit against Milan when Tonali’s ban comes into effect, furious that their €70m summer signing will now be sidelined for the rest of the season.
The midfielder’s salary – around €8m net per season – will be suspended. This comes in stark contrast to Juventus’ handling of Nicolo Fagioli’s ban, who have decided to pay his full salary and allow him to train with the first team.
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Newcastle are understandably angry with Milan, who they feel have sold them a defective product. They were not made aware of Tonali’s gambling problem before they signed him, and they feel that Milan have been negligent in their duty of care.
The Magpies are also concerned about the financial implications of Tonali’s ban. They have already invested heavily in him, and they will now have to pay his wages for the next 10 months without getting any benefit from him on the pitch.
Milan have denied any wrongdoing. They say that they were not aware of Tonali’s gambling problem until after he had joined Newcastle. They also point out that Tonali has admitted to placing bets on his own teams to win matches, which is a clear violation of the rules.
Milan have also said that they are prepared to defend themselves in court if Newcastle do decide to sue. They believe that they have a strong case, and they are confident that they will be able to win.
Potential Legal Action
It is still unclear what legal action Newcastle will take. They could sue Milan for breach of contract, or they could sue them for negligence.
If Newcastle do sue, it is likely to be a long and expensive process. However, if they are successful, they could be awarded a significant amount of money.
Tonali has made just 11 appearances for Newcastle since his summer move from Milan, and has struggled for consistency on Tyneside.
He netted on his Premier League debut in a 5-1 win against Aston Villa, but has been unable to kick on since then.
Nevertheless, he remains a popular player at his new club, and manager Eddie Howe vowed that Newcastle would ‘throw our arms around’ the Italy international to ‘protect’ him when speaking on the matter last week.
The situation between Newcastle and Milan is complex and there is no easy answer. It is possible that the two clubs will be able to reach a settlement out of court. However, if they cannot, the case could go to court and drag on for months or even years.
In the meantime, Tonali will be suspended from playing football for the next 10 months. This is a major blow to his career and to Newcastle United. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to recover from this setback and return to his best form.
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