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Atlético de Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has been suspended from football for 10 weeks for breaking the FA betting rules.
Trippier was originally indicted in May for crimes 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 violated the playing regulations.
“Kieran Trippier has been suspended for ten weeks and fined £ 70,000, following misconduct in connection with infractions of the FA Rules of Gambling”, a statement read.
“The Atlético de Madrid defender denied seven alleged infractions of FA Rule E8 (1) (b), which allegedly occurred during July 2019, and requested a personal hearing. An independent regulatory commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged non-compliances verified and three rejected 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 football-related activities, will come into effect 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 gaming purposes.
Daniel Sturridge was hit with a similar charge in 2018, when it was discovered that he had instructed his brother to bet on sealing a loan to Sevilla. Sturridge was initially given a six-week suspension for the offense, but after an appeal from the FA, this was extended to a four-month suspension. This prompted Sturridge to cancel his contract with Turkish Trabzonspor last March and he remains a free agent.
Before this setback, Trippier was enjoying a good season with Atlético. He has not missed a single second of Los Rojiblancos’ campaign so far, helping Diego Simeone’s team climb to the top of the La Liga table and advance their Champions League group.