FA fail in their bid to extend Kieran Trippier's ban for breach of betting rules

Kieran Trippier’s ban continues to run… despite the fact he’s still playing! Atletico defender may not miss ANY more matches as FIFA rule his 10-week suspension for betting breaches WIll end on February 28 regardless of appeal

  • Kieran Trippier was handed a 10-week ban by FA for breach of betting rules
  • He served less than two weeks before Atletico appealed and FIFA paused ban
  • FA tried to extend end of ban but have been unable, meaning it ends on Feb 28
  • That means Trippier could reach end of his ban without missing another game

Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban by the FA will end on February 28 regardless of an appeal, FIFA have confirmed, meaning the Atletico Madrid star may not miss any matches for the Spanish outfit.    

Trippier was punished by the FA for breaching their betting regulations after telling friends to ‘lump on’ his pending move to Atletico, just days before leaving Tottenham in a £20million deal in 2019, with his ban effective worldwide. 

The England star had served less than two weeks of the ban when FIFA paused the global extension of his punishment following an appeal by the LaLiga side, who had complained his transgressions were nothing to do with them.

Kieran Trippier's 10-week ban for breaching betting rules expires on the final day of February

Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching betting rules expires on the final day of February 

The FA's bid to extend his ban has been rejected and he may not miss any more Atletico games

The FA’s bid to extend his ban has been rejected and he may not miss any more Atletico games 

The FA asked its own independent regulatory commission to revise the dates of the suspension until FIFA decided on whether the suspension should apply beyond England. 

But the FA said on Thursday the appeal had been rejected, meaning the punishment is set to expire on February 28, which could see Trippier miss no further games.

The FA commission said Trippier was ‘entitled to think these long drawn-out proceedings had been finalised and that as from the end of February 2021 he could begin a new chapter’. It added that changing the dates of the suspension would create uncertainty for the player and stressed he was ‘blameless’ over the situation.

However, should Trippier return to England in the current transfer window, he would have to serve that ban – considered to have been running since December 21 – for whichever club he signs for.

FIFA have paused the ban in Spain pending their investigations, much to the FA's frustration

FIFA have paused the ban in Spain pending their investigations, much to the FA’s frustration 

Trippier is therefore allowed to continue playing while the ban edges closer to its conclusion

Trippier is therefore allowed to continue playing while the ban edges closer to its conclusion 

It would appear to rule out any move to England this month, after being linked with a move to Manchester United, given that he would be banned for the first month.

‘We accept that the suspension is probably having a deleterious effect upon [Trippier’s] transfer prospects,’ the FA said.

‘There is a very real benefit to football worldwide in resolving as quickly as possible whether it is open to clubs to intervene as [Atletico Madrid] has done in this case in the absence of its player’s consent and, indeed, against his wishes when such intervention might be viewed as frustrating the outcome of national disciplinary processes and the ability of FIFA to give effect to those outcomes worldwide.’

Earlier this month it was revealed that Trippier sent friends a series of WhatsApp messages, prompting a string of bets from their recipients.

On July 14, three days before his move to Atletico was confirmed, Trippier was asked by a friend: ‘Shall I lump on you going there (Madrid)?’ 

Trippier replied: ‘Can do mate.’

The decision does mean it is unlikely Trippier will secure a move back to England in January

 The decision does mean it is unlikely Trippier will secure a move back to England in January

In one WhatsApp exchange, Trippier told a friend to 'lump on if you want mate'

In one WhatsApp exchange, Trippier told a friend to ‘lump on if you want mate’ 

In another exchange, Trippier told a friend the deal was almost done and the friend bet on the move happening shortly after - Trippier didn't appear to encourage a bet in that discussion

In another exchange, Trippier told a friend the deal was almost done and the friend bet on the move happening shortly after – Trippier didn’t appear to encourage a bet in that discussion

The friend continued: ‘100% Tripps?’. Trippier replied: ‘Yeah mate,’ before adding, ‘Lump on if you want mate.’ 

Details of the messages were included in the 46-page document published by the FA on Tuesday, whose regulatory commission said the messages ‘very strongly’ suggested that a friend would bet on the move.

‘We simply do not accept that these messages would be read by KT (Trippier) as ‘banter’,’ the commission said.

Trippier later sent a message that read: ‘It’s happening.’

This resulted in further bets – including one for £300 the day before his exit. 

source: dailymail.co.uk

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