Sturridge contract termination explained as FA win betting appeal

Daniel Sturridge has been banned from all football until June after the FA appealed against his punishment for betting breaches.

The former Liverpool striker was handed a two-week ban and a £75,000 fine in July after a regulatory commission ruled that he had provided his brother with “inside information” over a bet regarding his possible transfer to Sevilla.

 The FA were left furious and  lodged an appeal over the leniency of the punishment and an independent appeal board has now found that the regulatory commission misapplied the FA’s rules and found proven two further charges against Sturridge.

An FA statement read: “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 and that of course explains news on earlier on Monday that Sturridge had his contract at Turkish club Trabzonspor terminated by mutual consent.

The former England man scored seven goals in 13 appearances for Trabzonspor, and it was thought he was a free agent, but he will have to wait now for June 17 before he can resume his career.