Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge Charged by FA for Violation of Betting Rules

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2018

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge in dejection after Red Star scored a goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Red Star and Liverpool at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
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Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association for a breach of the organisation's betting rules. 

Per the FA's official website, 6 p.m. on Tuesday 20 November is the deadline for the forward to respond to the charge.

Sturridge has denied breaking any rules, per a Liverpool statement (h/t Mirror's John Cross):

"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."

According to the report, the alleged incident took place in January. The rules in question are E8(1)(a) and E8(1)(b), which regard the passing of inside information which is not publicly available to third parties. 

Alex Richards of the Mirror noted Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan in January:

Alex Richards @AA_Richards

Daniel Sturridge hit with an FA charge of misconduct over a breach of betting rules. The alleged breach took place in January - when he joined West Brom on loan. https://t.co/5OJdqsZuct

The 29-year-old returned from his loan as something of an afterthought at Anfield but has been a pleasant surprise this season. He has scored twice in the Premier League while mostly playing as a depth option and has started twice in the UEFA Champions League, netting once.

Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013 and bagged 21 Premier League goals during the 2013-14 campaign, positioning himself as the team's future in attack. A series of injuries has threatened to derail his career since, however, leading to the January loan.

The Reds will hope he avoids a suspension as Sturridge is their man depth option in attack. If he misses any time manager Jurgen Klopp may have to turn to Divock Origi, who has played just 11 minutes so far this season, per WhoScored.com.