Kieran Trippier will continue to serve his 10-weeks match ban slammed on him by the English football association (FA) as the world football governing body, FIFA, has rejected Atletico Madrid’s appeal.
The 30-year-old right-back was accused of breaching betting rules when he was playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. Before the FA took up the case, the England international had moved to Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid.
After months of legal battle, the English FA succeeded in slamming a £70,000 fine and a 10-weeks ban on Kieran Trippier on December 23, 2020, which he started serving immediately.
Due to how important he has been for Atletico since he joined the club from Tottenham in 2019 for a transfer fee worth €22 million, the Spanish club had to appeal to FIFA to set aside the ban since Trippier didn’t commit the offense while at the Spanish club.
Atletico argued that the club had nothing to do with the betting breach and ought not to suffer from the punishment by being deprived of their player.
Before FIFA continued to look at the case, the world football governing body suspended the ban which allowed Kieran Trippier to play in the club’s league game against Sevilla on January 12 which ended 2-0 in favor of Atletico.
On Monday, January 18, FIFA Appeal Committee announced via FIFA’s official website that the club’s appeal has been dismissed and the ban has become a global ban, which means that the defender is not expected to play football anywhere in the world until March 2021.
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has dismissed the appeal lodged by the club Atletico Madrid in a case concerning the player Kieran Trippier.
“As a consequence, the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee passed on 23 December 2020 is confirmed, extending sanctions imposed on the player by the English FA to have worldwide effect.”
This announcement means that the 10-weeks ban on Kieran Trippier which started on December 21, will force him to miss the first leg of Atletico’s Champions League last-16 game against Chelsea on February 23, but might be available for the second leg on March 17.
The betting scandal reportedly made the England international to miss out on a potential transfer move to Manchester United during the 2020 summer transfer window but never stopped him from being called up to England national team for international competitions until the English FA confirmed the ban in December.