Kieran Trippier pulls out of England squad to face hearing over betting charges
Kieran Trippier reportedly left England’s training camp on Tuesday to appear at a personal hearing about his charge for breaching betting rules.
The Atletico Madrid defender was charged with misconduct in May for breaching the FA’s betting regulations, despite insisting he has not placed any football-related bets or received any financial benefit from others doing so.
Yet should he be found guilty of the offences, Trippier faces a potential six-month ban from football.
According to The Athletic, just 24 hours before their Nations League clash with Denmark he departed England’s training camp early to attend a personal hearing about the charges.
The FA said on Tuesday that Trippier had left Three Lions duty earlier than anticipated for ‘personal reasons’.
Back in May the former Tottenham right-back protested his innocence, saying: “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.”
Despite his denial, The Athletic’s report states that wagers were placed by a small group of Trippier’s friends after conversations on WhatsApp.
And the FA’s betting rules state that it is an offence to pass on inside information.
The offences are alleged to have occurred back in July 2019, which is when he left Spurs to join Atletico.
The England star has made 36 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side, helping them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.
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Compatriot Daniel Sturridge was hit with the same charges before being found guilty in 2019, having been accused of giving his brother inside information on a potential transfer from Liverpool to Sevilla a year earlier.
Sturridge was slapped with a four-month worldwide ban from all football-related activities.
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