- Kieran Trippier charged with a betting violation in relation to his transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid last July
- Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was convicted of a similar offense in March
- Trippier faces a suspension by FIFA if convicted of the charge
England international Kieran Trippier has been charged by the English Football Association with breaking the FA’s betting rules. It is alleged that Trippier engaged in “alleged betting around” July of last year, when Trippier moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid.
Last July, Trippier transferred from Spurs to Atletico for a fee of £20 million. The right back has until May 18 to formally respond to the misconduct charge.
While details are currently murky, Trippier did release a statement that said, “I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation on a voluntary basis and continue to do so. While a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed football related bets or received financial benefit from others betting.”
Similar to Sturridge Case
Because Trippier no longer plays in England, the FA will have to formally ask FIFA to suspend the player. He has played 19 La Liga matches for his new club thus far.
It is alleged that Trippier violated the same rules that got former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge banned for four months. Sturridge was released from Turkish club Trabzonspor after the FA charged with a gambling violation in early March.
According to the Telegraph, a worker in England reportedly placed a five-figure bet on Sturridge signing with Inter Milan. However, Sturridge wound up signing for West Bromwich Albion just a couple of days later. While the bet did not pay off, the bookmaker suspected that the bettor had inside information before placing the wager.
The latest allegations seem to indicate that Trippier may have tipped off a bettor with regard to his decision to sign with Atletico last summer. Betting on player transfers is legal in European betting markets, but players engaging in any sort of gambling-related activity is strictly prohibited.
Players may not bet or be connected to wagering on anything soccer-related anywhere in the world. This includes game results, transfers, managerial employment or team selection.
If Trippier is convicted of the charge, he could face a suspension of up to several months.
Trippier spent his entire youth career in the Manchester City system before making a permanent move to Burnley in 2012. The Bury native spent three seasons at Turf Moor before switching to Tottenham in 2015. Trippier made 114 appearances with Spurs before making his aforementioned move to Atletico last summer.
He was a crucial cog in Gareth Southgate’s England side that finished fourth place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Trippier scored his first goal for England on a free kick in what wound up being a 2-1 defeat against Croatia in the tournament.
Trippier was also a major part of Atletico’s upset triumph over Liverpool in this season’s Champions League. Atletico shocked the reigning European champions by winning 4-2 on aggregate, ousting the Reds from the tournament in the process. However, it is currently unknown whether the remainder of this season’s Champions League will be completed.