Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the FA with misconduct for alleged violation of its betting rules in January this year.
Sturridge has been summoned by the FA due to one rule on betting on football, and one which covers providing information relating to football which is not publicly available at this time.
The England international has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday 20 November to respond to the charge.
Liverpool FC were quick to support the forward, releasing the following statement: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation 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.”
There has been no confirmation on what Sturridge has exactly done however, it has been stated that the incident took place in January – the same time his shock loan move to West Brom occurred.
Many suspect he broke FA rule E8(1)(b)- a part of footballing legislation which forbids any footballer to provide information relating to the game that is not already publicly available.
This doesn’t come at the best time for the player as he nears his contract expiry. Will the Liverpool man be wearing red much longer if the FA decide to ban him for longer than six months?