Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier is the latest player to be charged by the Football Association (FA) for deliberately breaching strict betting rules. The England right-back could risk facing a long ban and fine if indeed he is found guilty for the offense.
In football, any gambling-related activities have been outlawed within the sport to prevent managers, players, and staffing from engaging in betting.
The 29-year-old until 18 May 2020 to respond but any guilty charge could massively impact his career, current team Atletico Madrid that plays in La Liga as well as his country.
In a statement, Kieran Trippier said that
“I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation over the past several months on a voluntary basis and will continue to do so. I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football-related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting”.
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has also been banned from all football-related activity until 17th June after the Football Association (FA) appealed against his punishment for breaching betting rules.
“Kieran Trippier has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of July 2019. He has until 18 May 2020 to provide a response.
“Rule E8(1)(a): a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example, and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
“Rule E8(1)(b): where a participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.”