- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct by The FA
- The charges relate to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules in January
- The first breach relates to bets on matches or any other football matter
- Second involves providing information to another for the purposes of betting
Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, the governing body has announced.
The FA said Sturridge’s alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, managers, team selection or disciplinary matters, which was not publicly available at the time.
The forward has until 6pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 to respond to the charge.
The charges relate specifically to breaches of Rules E8(1)(a)(ii) and E8(1)(b) during January of this year.
Rule E8(1)(a) states that a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
Rule E8(1)(b) refers to when 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.
A Liverpool spokesperson made a statement on Monday evening following the announcement.
‘Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so,’ he said.
‘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.’
PREVIOUS STARS HIT WITH BETTING CHARGES
The former midfielder was banned from football for 18 months after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting.
He was accused of placing 1,260 bets on football matches between 2006 and 2016.
The Newcastle midfielder was slapped with a £25,000 fine for breaking betting rules in 2016.
He did not place a wager on a match involving his own team or a fixture in their division but FA laws introduced in 2014 forbid players and coaches from betting on any footballing activity worldwide.
The Northern Irishman accepted a misconduct charge from the Football Association in relation to football betting, and was fined £23,000 in 2016.
He had broken FA rules by betting on a match at the start of the year.