Daniel Sturridge has been charged with breaking betting rules by the FA.
BBC Sport have covered the story and they have picked out the fact that the FA have stated that the breaches were claimed to have happened in January this year.
The BBC’s Simon Stone saying (see below) that this of course was the time when Daniel Sturridge went out on loan.
If you remember, the striker was supposed to be joining Newcastle for the second half of last season, the deal widely reported to be done and dusted and the player even said to be en route to Tyneside.
Only for suddenly it to be revealed that he was joining West Brom and Alan Pardew instead.
The implication clearly appears to be, which BBC Sport have picked out, that the betting offence could be related to betting on the next club a player will go to.
The charges against Daniel Sturridge include ‘providing information’, which could suggest he has simply told a mate who has then piled his money on the next club being West Brom, knowing fully well that his horse is already past the post as a winner, due to the inside information.
The bets allowed on these kind of betting markets are normally quite limited because of exactly this reason, that somebody could have found out where a player is moving to.
If this is the case, I bet…Daniel Sturridge won’t be too impressed with whoever has put the bets on.
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules in January this year.
It is alleged he breached one rule relating to betting on football, and one which covers providing information relating to football which has been “obtained by virtue of his position” and “is not publicly available”.
A Liverpool spokesman said Sturridge, 29, had co-operated fully “throughout this process” and “stated categorically that he has never gambled on football”.
The England international has been given until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, 20 November to respond to the charge.
The Liverpool spokesman added: “As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”
Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013, spent the second half of last season at West Brom after moving on loan on 29 January.
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone
There has been no confirmation of what precisely Daniel Sturridge is alleged to have done.
However, in stating the offence took place in January this year, the Football Association appears to have provided a major clue.
January was when Sturridge sprang something of a surprise by joining West Brom on loan, when it had been expected he would move to Newcastle.
The FA has also pointed out that not only is it a breach for players to gamble on anything to do with football themselves, it also breaks the rules if they pass on ‘insider information’ to third parties.