Liverpool FC and England international striker Daniel Sturridge has been summoned by FA officials to explain alleged breaches of football’s code of conduct with regards to football betting, an activity strictly prohibited by FA rules.
Sturridge (29) is alleged to have breached Rule E8 concerning FA registered professional athletes, managers, coaches, and club staff wagering on football matches, events or outcomes.
Furthermore, Sturridge has been charged with alleged ‘passing of information’ to third parties on football-related markets, breaching FA Rule E8 attached 1B policy.
Yesterday afternoon, Liverpool FC moved to support its athlete, releasing the following statement: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation 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.”
The FA has given Sturridge until 6 pm on Tuesday 20 November to respond to the charges, which are reported to have taken place during January 2018.
Sturridge becomes the highest profile English footballer to be accused of breaching FA betting rules since the much publicised disciplinary hearings of Joey Barton in 2017.
The FA charged former Premier League player Barton with a five-month ban, following revelations that he had personally wagered on 1260 matches between March 2006 and May 2016.