Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has denied gambling on football after he was charged by the Football Association for breaching betting rules.
The 29-year-old’s alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, managers, team selection or disciplinary matters, information that was not publicly available at the time.
He has been found guilty of misconduct for placing bets in January 2018 – after the winter transfer window had opened and just after he joined West Brom on loan.
A statement from the FA reads:
“Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.
“He has until 6pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to respond to the charge.”
Sturridge joined West Brom on a short-term loan in January before returning to Liverpool at the end of the 2017-18 season, where he has made 12 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals.
A statement released by Liverpool on Monday read: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.
“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.”
Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) states: ‘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) 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.’