Former Liverpool Striker Banned for Gambling Offences
by Glenn Baird - March 3, 2020
Daniel Sturridge had been handed a 6 week ban last summer for violating betting laws within sport. 4 of those weeks had been suspended but the English Football Association appealed the ban, on the grounds that it was too lenient, which has now resulted in the former Liverpool striker being forced to sit out the rest of the season, with his fine doubled to £150,000.
Sturridge announced yesterday that he had agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor as he would be unable to play for the side again during his tenure there.
It transpired that Sturridge had provided is brother with insider information on his potential move to Spanish side Sevilla in January 2018 and subsequently instructed him to place a bet on the deal being made.
The FA responded to the 2 week ban and the fine of £75,000 on the grounds that it was an unduly lenient’ punishment.
Sturridge, understandably devastated at his season coming to early end, has spoken up about the ruling:
“I just want to say it’s been a very long and drawn-out process over the last couple of years and difficult to concentrate on my football.
“I’m going to continue to campaign for professional footballers to be able to speak to their families and close friends freely, without the real risk of being charged.
“I feel the betting companies and the practice and process of people placing bets on players moving clubs has to be stopped.”