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Daniel Sturridge charged for breaching betting rules

Wed, Nov 14, 11:12am by Staff Writer

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules in January 2018.

FA rules prohibit players and coaches from betting on any football activity or providing non-public information to any other person that is then used for betting.

The 29-year-old has until Tuesday, 20 November 2018 to respond to the charge.

A Liverpool spokesman said Sturridge had co-operated fully “throughout this process” and “stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.”

The time of the alleged breach came in January this year when Sturridge was surprisingly loaned to West Bromwich Albion when it had been expected he would move to Newcastle.

In his uneventful six-game spell at the now relegated West Brom, Sturridge failed to score a goal.

The Telegraph reported that a blue-collar worker in the Midlands placed a five-figure bet on Sturridge’s club movements during last January’s transfer window.

Despite the bet not winning it was flagged as unusual by bookmakers at the time.

The bet was placed for Sturridge to leave Liverpool and move to Serie A club Inter Milan.

The FA conducted an extensive eight-month investigation but Sturridge is adamant he has done nothing wrong.

The FA has reiterated that it is not only a breach for players to gamble on football themselves, but if they pass on ‘insider information’ to a third party as per rule E8(1)(b).

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.

French tennis player embroiled in betting scandal

Allegations such as those against Sturridge are not unheard of, nor are they confined solely to football.

In 2016, little-known French tennis player Constant Lestienne was suspended for seven months and fined US$10,000 after being found guilty of betting on 220 matches.

The offences occurred between February 2012 and June 2015.

Despite none of the matches involved Lestienne personally; the Tennis Integrity Unit handed down the punishment, of which half was suspended.

Two Australian players faced harsher penalties

A pair of Australian players were found guilty of match fixing in 2017, a far greater offence than those alleged by the FA of Sturridge.

Lindahl was handed a seven-year ban by the Tennis Integrity Unit and fined A$49,000 after being found guilty of corruption, with charges dating back to an ITF Futures tournament in Toowoomba in 2013.

He reached a career high ranking of 187 and is banned from all professional tennis until 2024, despite retiring in 2013.

Anderson is a former Australian Open boys champion and was approached to throw a set during his first round match against Harrison Lombe at the Traralgon Challenger.

The efforts to discover such match fixing have been a dual effort between the Tennis Integrity Unit, bookmakers reporting unusual gambling activity and local authorities.

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