England defender, Kieran Trippier fined £70000 and a 10-week ban

Kieran Trippier

England and Atletico Madrid defender, Kieran Trippier has been handed 10 weeks ban and fined £70,000 by the FA following misconduct in relation to breaches of betting regulations.

The right-back, 30, was charged by the FA in May and had to withdraw from the England squad in October for the Nations League fixture against Denmark to attend a personal hearing over the allegations.

These relate to bets placed in July 2019, when Trippier joined Atletico from Tottenham Hotspur.

An independent commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged breaches found proven and three dismissed.

The worldwide suspension means he will miss 12 games for La Liga leaders Atletico, including their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at home to Chelsea on 23 February.

However, he will be available for the Madrid derby on 7 March.

An FA statement read: ‘The Atletico Madrid defender denied seven alleged breaches of FA Rule E8(1)(b), which were said to occur during July 2019, and requested a personal hearing.

‘An independent regulatory commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged breaches found proven and three dismissed during a subsequent personal hearing.

‘The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course.

‘The suspension, which includes all football and football-related activity, is effective worldwide from today (Wednesday 23 December 2020) following an application to FIFA.’

Trippier was accused of breaking Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b) of the FA’s Betting Rules which state players cannot place a bet relating to football or provide relevant confidential information to anyone who could bet on a scenario.

FA Rule E8(1)(b) states: ‘Where a participant provides to any other person any 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 participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.’

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