Nicolo Zaniolo and Sandro Tonali leave Italy camp over investigation

12 October 2023 0 By Total Football News

Newcastle's Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa's Nicolo Zaniolo during an Italy training sessionNicolo Zaniolo (left) and Sandro Tonali both have 15 caps for Italy

Newcastle’s Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa’s Nicolo Zaniolo have left Italy’s training camp after being told they are involved in an investigation by Italian prosecutors.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) said the players were not in the right “condition” to participate in Italy’s two upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The FIGC has not specified what the investigation concerns, but Italian news agency ANSA reports it relates to an illegal betting probe.

The news comes a day after FIGC prosecutors announced an investigation into 22-year-old Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli, who is alleged to have used a variety of identities to place bets on illegal websites.

Ex-Milan midfielder Tonali, 23, and former Roma player Zaniolo, 24, were informed of the probe on Thursday by prosecutors from Turin at Italy’s Coverciano training centre.

“Regardless of the nature of the investigative order, given that in this situation the two players are not in the right condition to face the commitments of the coming days, the federation has decided […] to allow them to return to their respective clubs,” the FIGC said.

The midfield pair have returned to their Premier League clubs.

Italy host Malta on Saturday before travelling to face England on Wednesday in Group C.

The Azzurri are second in the table, six points behind leaders England. The Euro 2020 winners are level with Ukraine and North Macedonia on seven points, having played one game fewer.

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