Sturridge banned from football & slapped with £75m fine

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/07/2019

Former Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool Daniel Sturridge have been banned from playing football for two weeks as well as being slapped with a £75,000 fine after being found guilty of breaching betting rules.

The 29-year-old England international was found guilty of breaching betting and was handed a six-week ban, four of which were suspended and is free to play again on 31 July before just the start of the Premier League season starts.

Sturridge left European champions, Liverpool, when his contract expired at the end of June and is without a club.

A statement from the FA said: "The regulatory commission found proved charges three and four, which alleged that, in that same transfer window, Mr Sturridge had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him (Daniel Sturridge) to Sevilla FC.

"In issuing that instruction, the regulatory commission found that, as a matter of fact, Mr Sturridge had provided his brother with inside information for that purpose.”

It added: "The FA respectfully disagrees with the regulatory commission’s findings and will be appealing against the charges which were dismissed and the sanction which was imposed.”

Sturridge ended up switching to West Brom for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign after a move to La Liga side Sevilla broke down.