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Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over alleged betting breaches

ALLEGED BETTING BREACHES: Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the FA

LIVERPOOL STRIKER Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct by the FA over alleged breaches of the association’s betting rules.

The charges have been brought in relation to a bet on Sturridge’s loan move from Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion in January of this year.

Sturridge has denied ever gambling on football.

A Liverpool spokesman said: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so. Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football. As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”

Sturridge moved to West Bromwich on loan at the end of January. The move was deemed so improbable that bookmakers offered odds of 25-1.

A ban could be career-ending for the 29-year-old England striker.

He has until 6pm on November 20 to respond to the charges which refer to him allegedly disclosing '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 FA’s regulations state that 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”.

The FA hands out tough punishments to players who flout their rules on betting. Joey Barton was banned for 18 months in relation to 1,260 bets over a period of 10 years.

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