Fri, Dec 14, 10:59am by Staff Writer
Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge is set for a six month stint on the sidelines if found guilty of breaching betting rules, according to Fox Sports.
Sturridge has been given an extension to February 11 to respond to the charge by the Football Association (FA), where he has asked for extra time to answer after being charged in November and having been requested to respond by last week.
The controversy surrounds Sturridge’s shock loan transfer to West Brom in January 2018.
According to Sky Sports News, the investigation is partly associated with a family member of Sturridge playing a 10,000 pound bet on the striker moving to Inter Milan.
The Liverpool striker was thought to be a target of Inter Milan in January according to Sky Sports Italy, however he later signed with West Brom later that month.
One punter attempted to place a 5,000 pound bet for Sturridge to join West Brom at 66/1.
Sturridge has since been charged specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.
According to Sky Sports News, the first rule states that a player “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”.
The second rule bans players from providing information for use in betting, “which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time”.
Sturridge handed his mobile phone over to the FA investigators shortly after they launched their investigation in March.
This came as a result of intelligence from bet-monitoring services over wagers placed on his potential transfer in January.
The FA is said to have employed technology wizards to check texts, messages and phone calls made by Sturridge during the January window.
Sturridge strongly denies ever placing a bet on football however FA rules extend to friends and family.
A statement released by Liverpool earlier this month read: “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 delay in Sturridge’s response could lead to the Football Association having to set up an independent commission to hear the evidence surrounding the case.
This delay means the investigation could drag on until the end of the season.
Daniel Sturridge facing six-month ban if found guilty of breaching betting rules #epl: Daniel Sturridge faces at least a six-month ban if he is found guilty of breaching betting rules…. https://t.co/2HRPYnwX2K
— EPL Feeds (@eplfeeds) December 10, 2018
With Sturridge out of contract at the end of the season, the delay is a boost for Liverpool, where he will continue to be available to play.
In the 2018/19 English Premier League season to date, Sturridge has appeared for the Reds 9 times, entering play 7 times as a substitute. He has scored two goals from his 9 appearances.
Despite the Sturridge controversy, Liverpool are experiencing a fantastic 2018/19 football season to date. After 16 rounds of Premier League action, they are sitting on top of the ladder at 42 points, with 13 wins and 3 draws, 1 points ahead of Manchester City.
Their thrilling 1-0 victory over Napoli saw them progress in second position in Group C of their UEFA Champions League group to the Round of 16, behind group leaders Paris Saint Germain.
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