The FA has suspended ex Liverpool striker and England international Daniel Sturridge from all football-related actives until June 17th 2020.
Sturridge was found in violation of of breaching betting rules in relation to his January 2018 transfer from Liverpool to West Brom.
The FA declared Sturridge guilty of sharing information of his impending transfer with family and friends which was then used to make (and profit from) online wagers.
Along with the suspension, Sturridge was fined £150,000 (doubling his pre-appeal amount). The suspension is effective worldwide.
Sturridge denies accusations
In a video posted on YouTube, Sturridge deflected blame / took a more heroic stance:
“I’m going to continue to campaign for professional footballers to be able to speak to their families and close friends freely, without the real risk of being charged. I feel the betting companies and the practice and process of people placing bets on players moving clubs has to be stopped.”
Daniel Sturridge to MLS?
Up until the suspension, Sturridge was Turkish club Trabzonspor. The 30 year-old had scored seven goals and tallied four assists while at the club this campaign. Trabzonspor and Sturridge agreed to part ways upon news of the suspension.
He will now be free to join any other club come June. Speculation is running high that Sturridge may come to MLS this summer. Atlanta United would be one potential home if not for salary cap designation issues. Could Sturridge be the first high-profile star to land at David Beckham’s Inter Miami?
As Asia would say, only time will tell.