Kieran Trippier pulls out of England squad to play Denmark ‘to attend hearing about FA charge over alleged breach of betting rules… and faces a six-month ban over offences last year’
- Kieran Trippier was charged with misconduct in May for gambling offences
- The alleged offences took place whilst he moved to Atletico Madrid from Spurs in 2019
- The full back reportedly faces a six-month ban and has left the England squad
- Trippier said in May: ‘While a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.’
Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad in order to attend a hearing following an FA charge for allegedly breaching betting offences last year, according to reports.
The 30-year-old, who captained his country for the first time in the win against Wales on Thursday, was charged with misconduct in May in relation to alleged gambling offences, whilst completing his transfer to Atletico Madrid from Tottenham in 2019.
The full back faces a six-month ban, according to The Athletic, for the alleged breach of the rules in July 2019 and after leaving Gareth Southgate‘s squad will now miss the Nations League clash against Denmark on Wednesday.
Kieran Trippier has left the England squad to attend a hearing about alleged betting offences
The 30-year-old captained his country for the first time against Wales last Thursday
The report details that bets were allegedly placed by a small group of Trippier’s friends after conversations on messaging service WhatsApp, with the FA’s rules stating it is an offence to pass on inside information.
The player himself has always maintained that he did not make any profit by bets being made by someone else, and says he did not make any bets personally.
The FA confirmed on Tuesday that Trippier had left the squad due to what they described as ‘personal reasons’.
Former Liverpool striker and ex-England international Daniel Sturridge, who is currently unattached, received a four-month ban from all football this year for a similar offence.
A statement in May read: ‘Kieran Trippier has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s betting rules.
Trippier moved from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid last summer and was charged in May 2020
‘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.’
In his own statement, Trippier replied: ‘I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation over the past several months on a voluntary basis and will continue to do so.
‘I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.’
Left back Ben Chilwell has also left the England squad and has returned to his club Chelsea
Gareth Southgate now faces a dilemma at left back against Denmark on Wednesday evening
Left back Ben Chilwell has also left the England squad and returned to his club, Chelsea, with a pre-existing injury.
Chilwell, who has yet to feature during this international break having missed the Wales friendly after breaching the Government’s ‘Rule of Six‘ at Tammy Abraham’s surprise birthday party, has returned to his new club for an assessment.
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Chilwell’s Chelsea team-mate Reece James are expected to step up to replace Trippier at left back.