- Daniel Sturridge has been handed a six-week ban and fined £75,000 fine by FA for betting charges
- The former Liverpool striker was believed to have aided a gambler in winning a bet for his loan move to West Brom
- Sources close to his representative claims the England striker has never gambled in football because his religious belief
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been banned for six weeks and fined £75,000 after being charged with a breach of FA betting rules concerning his loan move to West Bromwich Albion last January.
The FA conducted a lengthy investigating before announcing a misconduct charge last November and the verdict was delivered on Thursday, July 18.
Liverpool released a statement last November that said Sturridge had told his employers 'categorically that he has never placed a bet on football'.
The charge against Sturridge had referred to allegedly passing on '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 England striker completed to loan to West Bromwich Albion on January 29, 2018.
But ten days earlier, the move was considered so unlikely that a bookmaker was offering odds of 25-1 against it happening.
There was no proof that Sturridge placed a bet on his loan move but it is understood that somebody else may have based on intelligence provided by the player.
The FA statement referred to 'alleged breaches' of betting rules and a section that 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'.
Sources close to Sturridge, who is represented by his uncle Dean Sturridge, said to Sportsmail at the time that they would have been surprised if he had placed a bet given his strong religious beliefs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Daniel Sturridge has begged the public for help after burglars broke into his while he was away with his friends in a restaurant.
The former Liverpool star came back home only to find out his dog was stolen and some items including bags were also stolen.
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