Liverpool's Sturridge responds to betting charge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has responded to his charge for breaching FA betting rules, according to Sky Sports.
However, the FA is set to keep the submission as a secret until an independent disciplinary hearing is organized. According to reports, the allegation against the England international centres on a family member, who placed a bet on Sturridge moving to Italian side Inter Milan. It is not known whether Sturridge pleaded guilty or not guilty, but it is understood he met Monday's 8 pm deadline for a response.
Sturridge was charged in November, following an eight-month investigation, and the FA currently has no specific time frame for the panel to sit to consider any possible punishment. Specifically, the 29-year-old has been charged in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.
The first rule states that a player "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".
The second rule bans players from providing information for use in betting, "which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time".