Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was given a four-month ban on all football-related activity after it was found to breach the betting laws of the FA.
Sturridge, who earlier on Monday terminated his deal with Turkish side Trabzonspor, was originally issued a six-week suspension last summer, with four weeks suspended, in addition to a £ 75,000 fine.
An independent regulatory commission found that during the January 2018 transfer window, Strurridge offered his brother ‘ insider information’ by instructing him to place a bet on the former England player joining Seville, but the deal never materialised.
Since then, the FA has characterised the initial penalty as too lenient, and has lodged an appeal afterwards. The independent board of appeal concluded that the disciplinary commission had misapplied the rules of the FA and found two additional charges against Sturridge that had been rejected initially.
The additional charges which all concerned were dismissed under Rule E8(1)(b) of the FA’s Rules stating: “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.”
Because Sturridge has already completed his suspension for two weeks, the ban expires on 17 June. The suspension will extend to all events approved by Fifa’s national board of governors.
On FA Statement said on Monday: “Daniel Sturridge has been suspended from all football and football-related activity from today until the end of 17 June 2020.
“Following an appeal by the FA of the previous findings of the independent regulatory commission in this case, an independent appeal board has found that the regulatory commission misapplied the FA’s rules in relation to the use of inside information and made findings of fact which could not be sustained.
“As a result, the appeal board has found proven two further charges which were originally dismissed. Other factual findings of the regulatory commission were left undisturbed.
“In relation to the sanction, the appeal board agreed with the FA that the penalty originally imposed on Mr Sturridge was unduly lenient and therefore increased his effective playing ban from two weeks to four months. The appeal board also doubled the fine to £150,000.
“FIFA has confirmed that the suspension will be of worldwide effect.”