The 29-year-old Atlético Madrid player has been accused by the FA of breaching its rules on football betting and integrity.
England International Charged for Breaching Betting Participation Rules
Kieran Trippier, who moved from Tottenham to Atlético Madrid in 2019, has been charged by the English FA for breaching its betting rules. Trippier’s misconduct dates back to July 2019, when he allegedly breached rules E8(1)(a)(ii) and E8(1)(b).
In a rather brief statement, the FA did not give further details about the allegations but gave the player until May 18 to respond to the charges. Trippier has, however, come out to publicly defend himself. Refuting the FA’s allegations, the player put out a statement in which he said;
“I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation over the past several months on a voluntary basis and will continue to do so. I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer I have at no stage placed any football related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.”
Which rules did he actually break?
A glance at the English FA’s rulebook on Betting shows that E8(1)(a)(ii) says;
“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.’’
In addition to the first breach of the rules above, section E8(1)(b) kicks in, and it says;
“or 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.”
Trippier is in Good (Bad) Company
It’s hard to say when Trippier actually broke the rules, but if the misconduct dates back to July 2019, then the violation must have occurred at the time of his transfer from Tottenham Hotspurs to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid on 17th July.
The England FA has levelled similar accusations at other players in the past. Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge easily comes to mind. Back in March this year, Sturridge was suspended for four months after he was found guilty of breaching the FA’s betting rules and regulations for professional footballers.
And only recently, even though this didn’t happen in England, Dickson Etuhu, a former Manchester City player was given a five-year ban for match-fixing in the Swedish league, potentially ending his career.
As the events in the Kieran Trippier case unfold, it remains to be seen whether he’ll suffer the same fate as Daniel Sturridge.