The fact that the Newcastle star and his team are reportedly going into a plea agreement with Italian authorities is sufficient evidence that the player admits his part in the scandal that has engulfed Italian football.
Following the weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace by the Magpies, the Newcastle supporters showed the player who they truly support during a lap of honor.
A lengthy ban will be particularly difficult for the player because, in the short time he has been on Tyneside, it is obvious that he has already established himself as a hero for the Toon Army.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Tonali might face a one-year full suspension with an additional six months of rehabilitation before being allowed to resume playing.
Even though any suspension would keep him out of the game until almost November of the following year, it’s perhaps the best the club and player could have asked for given the situation.
The challenges Tonali is currently experiencing are managing his condition and maintaining any fitness for the one year he will not step foot on a football field.