England defender banned for 10 weeks

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Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier has been suspended for 10 weeks and fined R1.3 million following a breach of betting rules.

Trippier denied seven alleged breaches of FA Rule E8, which were said to have occured in July 2019, and requested a personal hearing.

In an statement on Wednesday, English Football Association (FA) said: “An independent regulatory commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged breaches found proven and three dismissed during a subsequent personal hearing.

“The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course,” read the statement.

The FA did not clarify what the breach entailed but said it had occurred in July 2019, around the time Trippier joined Atletico from Tottenham.

The ban means that Trippier will miss Atletico’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Chelsea in Madrid in February.

The defender will now miss at least 13 games in all competitions but is set to return in time for the city derby against Real Madrid in March.

Trippier’s ban comes around nine months after former England striker Daniel Sturridge was punished for a breach of the FA’s gambling rules.

Sturridge was initially handed a six-week ban, four of them suspended after being found guilty of providing his brother with information on a potential move from Liverpool to Sevilla in 2018.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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