Kieran Trippier: Atletico Madrid Defender Suspended for Ten Weeks Over Betting Breaches

Kieran Trippier

Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier has been banned for ten weeks and fined £70,000 after admitting breaches to the FA’s betting rules. The former Tottenham Hotspur right-back denied seven of the allegations but four of them were proven during a personal hearing.

The offences occurred in July last year, around the time where his transfer from Spurs to Atletico took place.

He is banned from all football effective immediately.

Kieran Trippier Banned for Ten Weeks Over Betting Breaches

Effect on Atletico

Trippier has been a mainstay in the Atletico team so far this season. Diego Simeone‘s side currently sit top of La Liga, three points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid and with a game in hand.

The 30-year-old is one of only two outfield players to have played in every minute of Atletico’s league campaign this season, showing how important his performances have been to their rise to the top.

 

The ban means that Trippier will be unable to play or train until March 3, 2021. This means he will miss the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie with Chelsea on February 23.

His first game back could theoretically be the Madrid Derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on March 7, but seeing as he won’t have trained with his teammates for over two months, it’s unlikely he’ll be thrown straight back into action.

When charged back in May, Trippier said in a statement: “I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football-related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.”

 

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