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Atlético Madrid's Kieran Trippier charged over betting breach

Daniel Sturridge was suspended for four months for a similar offence as the rojiblanco defender now faces a misconduct charge for allegedly breaching FA betting regulations.

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Trippier, el día de su presentación en el Atlético.
Emilio Cobos

Atlético Madrid’s English defender Kieran Trippier has been hit with a misconduct charge over allegedly breaching Football Association betting regulations. He has until 18 May to respond to the charges.

Trippier charged over betting

The former Tottenham Hotspur full-back is alleged to have breached rules E8(1)(a) and E8(1)(b) last July.

Rule E8(1)(a) states: "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."

Trippier on the Atlético bench.

While Rule E8(1)(b) stipulates: "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."

The case is similar to that of Daniel Sturridge, an English striker who was suspended for four months and handed a €171,000 fine for having told his brother to bet on his transfer to Seville in January 2018. Although in the end this transfer did not take place and the player ended up on loan at West Bromwich Albion, it was shown that he provided information to his brother and other acquaintances to bet on the move. The accusation against Trippier could also be related to his transfer to Atlético in the summer of 2019.

Sources close to the footballer have said that he is confident of clearing his name as he has not done anything wrong, and that he will work with authorities as required.