Daniel Sturridge has been banned from football for four months for breaching Football Association betting rules.
The former Liverpool man originally received a two-week ban and £75,000 fine in July for providing his brother with ‘inside information’ over a bet in relation to a transfer to Sevilla.
However, the FA launched an appeal thinking the England international’s punishment was too lenient and an independent appeal board has found that the commission ‘misapplied the FA’s rules’.
An FA statement released on Monday read:
“Daniel Sturridge has been suspended from all football and football-related activity from today until the end of 17 June 2020.
“Following an appeal by the FA of the previous findings of the independent regulatory commission in this case, an independent appeal board has found that the regulatory commission misapplied the FA’s rules in relation to the use of inside information and made findings of fact which could not be sustained.
“As a result, the appeal board has found proven two further charges, which were originally dismissed. Other factual findings from the regulatory commission were left undisturbed.
“In relation to the sanctions, the appeal board agreed with the FA that the penalty originally imposed on Mr Sturridge was unduly lenient and therefore increased his effective playing ban from two weeks to four months. The appeal board also doubled the fine to £150,000.
“FIFA has confirmed that the suspension will be of worldwide effect.”
It was announced on Monday morning that the 30-year-old had terminated his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
He signed a three-year deal in the summer after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season.
Sturridge scored seven goals in 13 Super Lig and helped his former side to the top of the table.
“The professional footballer contract signed between our company and our professional footballer Daniel Andre Sturridge, dated 21.08.2019 and ending 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated,” the Trabzonspor statement read.
“In accordance with the termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking rights and receivables.”