Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has been suspended from football for 10 weeks for breaking the FA’s betting rules.
Trippier was originally charged in May with offenses dating back to July 2019, shortly before joining Atleti from Tottenham.
After a lengthy appeal process, the FA finally confirmed that the England international had broken the rules of the game.
“Kieran Trippier was suspended for ten weeks and fined £ 70,000 for misconduct in connection with violations of the FA’s betting rules” statement read.
“The Atletico Madrid defender has denied seven alleged violations of FA Rule E8 (1) (b), which allegedly took place in July 2019, and requested a personal hearing. An independent regulatory commission has been appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged violations proven and three dismissed in a subsequent personal hearing.
“The written reasons of the independent regulatory commission for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course. The suspension, which includes all football and soccer-related activities, is effective worldwide from today (Wednesday 23 December 2020) following a request to FIFA. . “
FA Rule E8 (1) (b) states that a player may not provide information that is not publicly available to someone outside of football if that information is then used for playing purposes. .
Daniel Sturridge was hit with a similar charge in 2018, when it was discovered he had asked his brother to bet on him to seal a loan transfer to Seville. Sturridge was initially given a six-week ban for the offense, but after an FA appeal, this was extended to a four-month suspension. This led Sturridge to cancel his contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor last March and he remains a free agent.
Before this setback, Trippier had had a good season for Atletico. He hasn’t missed a single second of Los Rojiblancos’ campaign so far, helping Diego Simeone’s side climb to the top of the La Liga table and advance in their Champions League group.