Police questioned Tonali and Zaniolo at Italy’s training camp in advance of the forthcoming European Championship qualification matches. After that, they departed from the national team’s headquarters.
Over a dozen players from Serie A may be connected to the most recent controversy involving Italian football.
Nicolò Fagioli, a midfielder for Juventus, and Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo, players for the Premier League, have already been questioned by Turin prosecutors for their involvement in online betting through unapproved websites.
At least a dozen more players, including Fagioli’s Juventus teammate, were reportedly linked to the incident on Friday, according to Italian media.
Police questioned Tonali and Zaniolo at Italy’s training camp in advance of the forthcoming European Championship qualification matches. After that, they departed from the national team’s headquarters. The phones and tablets of all three players have been seized. They might receive protracted bans.
On loan from Galatasaray to Aston Villa, Zaniolo has reportedly returned to England and stated he has never bet on a football match but that he played blackjack on a website he didn’t know was against the law.
Tonali traveled to Milan to meet with his legal counsel. In the offseason, the forward moved from AC Milan to Newcastle.
Two and a half years after making his debut for the national team, Roma forward Stephan El Shaarawy was called up to the Italy squad on Friday. On Saturday, Italy will host Malta, and three days later, it will go to England.
Football in Italy has already been entangled in scandal. Due to the “Calciopoli” refereeing controversy, Juventus lost two Serie A titles and was demoted to the second division in 2006—the year Italy won its fourth World Cup.
Police conducted morning raids at the national team’s Coverciano training facility just before Euro 2012 began, as part of the widespread Calcioscommesse betting scandal.
Domenico Criscito, an Italian defender, was left off of the tournament roster. The Juventus coach at the time, Antonio Conte, was charged but ultimately found not guilty.