Atleti star handed worldwide 10-week ban

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Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier has been handed a 10-week worldwide ban from football after breaching Football Association betting regulations.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star was charged in May in relation to bets that were placed surrounding his move to Spain at the beginning of last season.

Football Association rules prohibit players from betting on football-related activities, or providing football-related information to others, which Tripper was found to have breached.

As a result, the 30-year-old has been handed a 10-week global ban by the FA, which could see him miss 13 matches, as well as a fine of £70 000 (R1.3 million).

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"The Atletico Madrid defender denied seven alleged breaches of FA Rule E8(1)(b), which were said to occur during July 2019, and requested a personal hearing," an official statement read.

"An independent regulatory commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged breaches found proven and three dismissed during a subsequent personal hearing.

"The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course. The suspension, which includes all football-related activity, is effective worldwide following an application to FIFA."

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The FA's sanction on Trippier comes as a massive blow for current LaLiga log leaders Atletico, who have started the right-back in each of their league and UEFA Champions League fixtures this season.

He is the latest player to have fallen foul of the regulations in recent times, after former England internationals Joey Barton and Daniel Sturridge were both handed bans for similar indiscretions in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

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