England Soccer Star Kieran Trippier Charged With Sports Betting Violation

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England International soccer player Kieran Trippier has been charged with a violation of Football Association rules under the topic of Sports Betting.

His charges date back to July 2019, the same month in which Trippier made a $24.2 million transfer from Tottenham to Atlético Madrid.

Trippier has been charged with a violation of two separate rules under the FA in July of 2019. The first violation is under Rule E8(1)(a)(ii), which states:

A participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on…(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.

This rule states that soccer players under the Football Association are barred from betting on events or advising others to bet on events should they be related to football (soccer). This also includes off-pitch, soccer-related dealings such as endorsements and transfers.

Trippier is also charged with violating Rule E8(1)(b), which states:

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.

Slightly more straightforward than the previous rule, this states that players may not exploit their insider knowledge for the benefit of betting or advising others in betting.

As rumors swirl, the insinuation is that Trippier had aided friends or associates’ bets with knowledge of his July 2019 transfer. There is also the possibility that Trippier had made a wager on himself.

This is not the first time a soccer player has been charged with violating FA rules regarding sports betting.

Former England, Chelsea, and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was fined approximately $94,000 and banned from footballing activities for six weeks after being found guilty on two sports betting-related charges in 2019.

Polarizing English soccer star Joey Barton said that gambling is “culturally ingrained” in English soccer, and many players are breaking the rules but not getting caught. Barton served a 13-month ban after admitting to placing bets on 1,260 matches.

Trippier has a current estimated net worth of around $7 million. The English full-back has famously played for Burnley, Spurs, and most recently Atlético Madrid. He has 19 caps for the English National Team and one goal.

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