Daniel Sturridge has been suspended from all football-related activity worldwide until the summer for breaching betting rules, reports in England confirmed
Sturridge was handed a six-week ban last July for disclosing confidential data to his family about his personal negotiations over a move to Trabzonspor that were later used for making a betting profit.
Even then, the Football Association demanded more severe punishment for the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward, launching an appeal to prevent the 30-year-old from participating in any football-related activities for six months.
Now, as reported by the Daily Mail, the FA’s efforts have come to fruition, and Sturridge will remain out of action until the end of the season and will also have to pay a sizeable fine.
Instead of the original of £75,000, the former England international will now have to pay double that amount (£150,000).
Also, in light of current events, Trabzonspor cut ties with Sturridge, ending his three-year contract on Monday.
The official statement released by the FA 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.
“The written reasons in this matter are available below and provide considerable detail in relation to all the charges and the Appeal Board’s determinations of them.
“As will be clear, The FA takes any form of betting misconduct and the provision of inside information very seriously.
“FIFA has confirmed that the suspension will be of worldwide effect.”