Atletico’s Trippier in betting breach ban

Atletico Madrid and England right back Kieran Trippier has been suspended for 10 weeks and fined Stg 70,000 ($A124,244) following a breach of betting rules.

Trippier denied seven alleged breaches of FA rules, but four were found proven during a personal hearing.

The FA did not clarify what the breach entailed but said it had occurred in July 2019, around the time Trippier joined Atletico Madrid for Stg 20 million ($A36 million) from EPL side Tottenham Hotspur.

“The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course,” the FA said in a statement.

“The suspension, which includes all football and football-related activity, is effective worldwide from today (Wednesday) following an application to FIFA.”

Trippier has been one of the standout performers for Diego Simeone’s Atletico side, playing every minute of their La Liga and Champions League games this season.

The 30-year-old will now miss at least 13 games for the La Liga leaders, including their Champions League last-16 first leg tie at home to Chelsea on February 23.

Trippier’s ban comes around nine months after former England striker Daniel Sturridge was punished for a breach of the FA’s gambling rules.

He was initially handed a six-week ban, four of them suspended, and fined Stg 75,000 ($A133,144) after being found guilty of providing his brother with information on a potential move from Liverpool to Sevilla in 2018.

After the FA appealed against the decision on the grounds that it was too lenient, an independent appeal board increased the ban to four months and doubled the fine.

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