Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged with misconduct over alleged breaches of betting rules

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged with misconduct over alleged breaches of betting rules

The FA are investigating bets made on Daniel Sturridge’s move to West Brom in January

The FA have charged Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge with misconduct after he allegedly breached strict betting rules following his loan move to West Brom at the start of the year.

The Reds front man, who found himself out of favour at Anfield last season due to the scintillating form of attacking trio Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, joined the Premier League strugglers until the end of the campaign for a loan fee of £2million back in January.

Inter Milan were favourites to capture the England international’s signature, before 66/1 outsiders West Brom stepped in to prize him away from the North West.

Sturridge made his way back to the West Midlands – the place where he began his footballing career as a trainee with Aston Villa back in 1996, but made just six appearances at the Hawthorns after an injury-ravaged spell which ended in the Baggies being relegated from the top-flight.

Although neither Liverpool or the FA have revealed the full extent of this probe, they have confirmed that they relate to January 2018. Sturridge has insisted that he has “never gambled on football”, but could still be further punished by the FA should it be proved true that he passed on information to others to place bets on his transfer.

A spokesperson for Liverpool has released a statement relating to the incident, saying:

“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.”

The 29-year-old, who is out of contract next summer, has until 20th November to respond.