Athletico Madrid defender, Kieran Trippier has been banned for 10 weeks from all football and football-related activity and fined £70,000 due to breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules.
According to reports, the right-back’s suspension is effective immediately after an investigation by an independent regulatory commission.
Tripper had denied the charges, first brought against him in May. Ahead of the scheduled return date of March 1, 2021, he has the right to appeal.
It could be recalled that Trippier withdrew from England squad that faced Denmark during a UEFA Nations clash to attend a betting charge hearing.
“Kieran Trippier has been suspended for 10 weeks and fined £70,000 following misconduct in relation to breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules.
“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,” an FA spokesperson said.
The consequence of Trippier’s suspension over betting misconduct?
Since he will have to wait till March before his appeal can be heard, Trippier will therefore miss at least 14 matches for Atletico, including their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Chelsea on February 23.
It was gathered that the English player committed the offense in July 2019 around the time he moved to Atletico from Tottenham for a fee in the region of £20m.
If he misses the appeal, it will set a bad precedent for the player and it might affect his career. Trippier has been a mainstay in the Athletico squad. This is now a headache for Diego Simone. The Argentine will have to cope without one of his most important players for a while.
But in order to get a fair hearing, his appeal will have to be heard in order to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Independent Regulatory Commission will have to release its findings to the public view to know how he actually got involved in the act.