Mon, Dec 3, 11:56am by Staff Writer
Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has been granted extra time to respond to a charge of breaching the Football Association’s betting rules.
The 29-year-old was cited in November for misconduct after allegedly breaching betting rules in January 2018.
The Football Association’s earlier statement said the charge related to a period of time where Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan and was linked with several other clubs in that transfer window including Sevilla, Inter Milan, Southampton and Newcastle.
Players are banned from gambling on any footballing activity in which they have direct or indirect involvement. As well as games, that can include transfer, managerial changes or team selection.
As reported by the Telegraph, there are no public details as yet as to what specifically prompted the Sturridge charge.
He was initially given under November 20 to formally respond to the Football Association, but both parties agreed longer was needed.
The striker informed Liverpool that he has never gambled on football. Liverpool were not aware of any investigation until last March, when Sturridge was still at The Hawthorns.
A spokesman for Liverpool said, “as with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”
The Football Association has the power to request a player who is under investigation for integrity issues such as these to be suspended.
At this stage, the Football Association is yet to invoke this and Sturridge will be available for Liverpool team selection.
In an uneventful six-game spell with the now relegated West Bromwich Albion, Sturridge failed to score a goal.
— Liverpoolfc-blog (@LFC_Blog) November 30, 2018
The FA most recent banned former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton for 18 months in 2017 after he was found guilty of placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.
Former Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis was fined £22,000 in May 2016 for gambling on 29 matches.
Sturridge has appeared 12 times for Liverpool this season and scored four goals. His contract with the Reds expires at season’s end.
His professional career began at Manchester City where he played from 2006-2009 before a move to Chelsea where he was a Premier League winner.
In his time with the Blues he scored 13 goals in 63 appearances before his move to Liverpool in 2013.
In 105 games at Anfield he has scored 50 goals for the club.
Sturridge made his England debut in 2011 after being a regular in all of their youth teams from under 16s to under 21s. He has played 26 times for the Three Lions, scoring eight times.
Liverpool is currently second on the table, two points behind reigning champions Manchester City after 14 games.
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