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Sturridge asks for more time to prepare response to betting probe

Thu, Nov 22, 9:51am by Staff Writer

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has requested more time from an independent judicial panel to respond to a misconduct charge relating to alleged betting breaches.

Sturridge was charged by the Football Association after part of their investigation uncovered that he allegedly breached betting rules by providing information to a family member 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 the time.”

The 29-year-old English international was loaned to West Bromwich Albion for six games last season, but was a target for Serie A club Inter Milan.

A family member of Sturridge is alleged to have placed a £10,000 bet on the front man leaving Anfield for the San Siro, according to Sky Sports.

There was plenty of conjecture about where Sturridge would land in the January transfer window, with Sevilla and Newcastle two clubs also interested in his services.

Sturridge was injured for a large part of his tenure at the Hawthorns and failed to score a goal for the now relegated west Midlands club.

Sturridge free to play despite charge

Sturridge has reiterated to Liverpool that he “categorically has never gambled on football.”

The judicial panel will consider whether to grant the request – which is a frequent occurrence in complex cases – and, if it decides to do so, by how long.

If and when Sturridge is granted a new date to respond, he must come back with a definitive answer as to whether he accepts the charge or will contest it.

Sturridge was charged with breaches in relation to rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and rule E8(1)(b) during January 2018.

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’s game against Watford on Sunday morning.

Sturridge has made 12 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring four goals.

Possible sanctions against Sturridge could include a ban, a fine or both.

Joey Barton is the most high profile player to fall foul of the strict betting rules nad was banned for 18 months having placed 1,260 bets between 2006 and 2016.

He was fined £30,000 but had his ban reduced to 13 months on appeal.

The ex-Burnley striker was charged by the Football Association in December 2016 and was banned in April 2017, making 18 appearances for the Clarets while the investigation was conducted.

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