FIFA rebuffs Atlético Madrid’s appeal against Trippier ban

Atlético Madrid’s appeal against a ban on Kieran Trippier has been rejected by FIFA.

At the beginning of the year, the FA announced that Trippier’s 10-week worldwide football ban had been suspended after Atlético appealed the sentence, arguing that the FA has no jurisdiction in Spain. However, FIFA has now ruled that the ban will apply globally.

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) said it is ‘very keen to see robust action taken against those involved in seeking to defraud operators’ after Kieran Trippier was handed a £70,000 fine.

An IBIA spokesperson commented on the situation: “The licensing conditions of the British Gambling Commission require its licensees to provide a sports governing body ‘with relevant and necessary information, from whatever source, that they know or suspect may relate to a breach of betting rules applied by that governing body’.

“Some other countries and licensing authorities have similar requirements.”

Further delays can be expected even if FIFA rejects the appeal, as Atlético will likely take the matter to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

 “Our members, who are the focus of betting related fraud, are very keen to see robust action taken against those involved in seeking to defraud operators,” the statement continued.

“However, the association does not disclose details of activity or cases it may be involved in; to do so would run the risk of impeding any investigations that may be in progress.”

As a result, the defender will be forced to sit out the Spanish club’s next nine games in all competitions and will be eligible to return on 7 March when Atlético face cross-city rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.

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