Newcastle United’s Italian international midfielder Sandro Tonali has been banned for 10 months for betting, the Italian football federation said on Thursday.
The 23-year-old was found to have gambled on matches involving his former club AC Milan before he joined Saudi-owned Newcastle in July in a 56-million-pound (64-million-euro) move that made him the most expensive Italian player in history.
The ban means Tonali will miss the rest of the Premier League season and next summer’s European Championship if holders Italy qualify.
He is the second Italian player to be banned from football in a betting scandal that came to light during the recent international break.
Juventus’ Nicolo Fagioli was suspended for seven months by the FIGC’s disciplinary tribunal earlier this month.