Daniel Sturridge charged with breaching FA betting rules

Liverpool striker has until 6pm on Tuesday November 20th to respond to charge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, the governing body has announced. Photo: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP Photo

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, the governing body has announced. Photo: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP Photo

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Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association betting rules in January, with the Liverpool striker insisting that he has “never gambled on football”.

Even if this is found to be true a guilty verdict could still be returned due to the rules Sturridge is alleged to have contravened being wider than directly betting on the sport.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so. Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”

The charge Sturridge faces is in relation to rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b). Of rule E8(1)(a), FA regulations state: “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) concerns: “Where a participant provides to any other 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.” Sturridge has until 20 November to enter a plea. – Guardian service

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