November 13 – Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules although he insists that he has “never gambled on football”.
Although there has been no confirmation of what precisely he is alleged to have done it is believed the charge relates to his loan move from Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of the year, with the FA referring to “the period of January 2018” in its statement.
Footballers in the UK are barred from gambling on matches and also prohibited from any involvement on betting in matters connecting to the game. No information over player movement can be passed on to third parties.
The charge refers to allegedly passing on “information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time”.
The FA reportedly conducted an eight-month investigation but Sturridge remains adamant he has done nothing wrong.
If found guilty he could be handed a hefty fine and/or a suspension but a Liverpool spokesperson said: “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.”
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