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Newcastle's Sandro Tonali charged with breaching FA's betting rules

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Newcastle United footballer Sandro Tonali has been charged with misconduct over alleged breaches of the Football Association's betting rules.

The Italian midfielder is alleged to have broken regulations 50 times by placing bets on football matches between 12 August and 12 October last year, the FA said.

The Italy international, who joined the Magpies for £55m last summer from AC Milan, has until 5 April to respond, the FA added.

The 23-year-old Italy international is currently serving a 10-month football ban after breaching betting rules in his home nation.

He was initially given an 18-month ban last October by the Italian Football Federation.

But it was reduced by eight months after he agreed to enter therapy.

Giuseppe Riso, his agent, said the former AC Milan midfielder was living with a gambling addiction.

Newcastle said it "acknowledged" the misconduct charge, adding that the player "continues to fully comply with relevant investigations".

Tonali "retains the club's full support", it added.

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