While waiting for any developments, with behaviors and possible responsibilities to be verified at a sporting level, the case is already making a lot of noise
Are Nicolò Zaniolo and Sandro Tonali at risk of suspensions in the Premier League? The two Aston Villa and Newcastle players are involved in the investigation into bets made by footballers on illegal sites. After Nicolò Fagioli, who self-reported to the Sports Justice, the two midfielders – who left the national team retreat in Coverciano – were also entered in the register of suspects. While waiting for any developments, with behaviors and possible responsibilities to be verified at a sporting level, the case is already making widespread noise in the Premier League. In the English top league, on the other hand, scandals linked to ‘betting’ are nothing new and the archive is full of events involving members.
As Agipronews highlights, the most striking case is represented by Ivan Toney. The Brentford striker has in fact received an 11-month ban after violating the rules relating to betting according to the Football Association regulations 262 times, in a period from 25 January 2017 to 23 January 2021. Initially the request was for suspend the player for 15 months, given the lack of collaboration and the attempt to hide evidence. Then, a change in Toney’s attitude led the Football Association to cut it to less than a year. However, those who have yet to begin serving the disqualification are Harry Toffolo. The Nottingham Forest winger’s sentence is suspended until the 2025/2026 season and is five months. The sanction has been frozen and will remain so for this year and the next. Furthermore, Toffolo was fined 25 thousand euros. In his case, the violations, committed between 2014 and 2017, were 375.
In this case, it should be noted, these are only suspicions. Lucas Paquetà, who in the past played for Milan, ended up in the sights of the Football Association for some suspicious bookings. The news, reported by the Daily Mail in August, concerns three matches in which the Brazilian received a yellow card, precisely when his West Ham faced Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Leeds. In fact, during those meetings, suspicious flows were recorded in a location in Brazil near Rio de Janeiro. The FA, alerted to the situation, informed the player and the club about him. This would be the reason why Paquetà did not then move to Manchester City.