Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the English Football Association with misconduct over alleged breaches of its betting rules in January this year.
The 29-year old was alleged to have breached one rule relating to betting on football, which is that which covers providing information relating to football which has been obtained by virtue of his position and “is not publicly available”.
According to an FA statement, the charge against him was “specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b)” which are:
Rule E8(1)(a) – 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.
Rule E8(1)(b) – where a participant provides to any other person any 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 participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.
Sturridge has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday next week to respond to the charge.
By Chineze Ogugua
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