Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching FA rules on gambling has been put on hold pending an appeal.
The FA announced Trippier’s suspension last week, effective immediately, having found him guilty of betting offences relating to his departure from Tottenham Hotspur for Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2019. Trippier maintains that he neither bet on nor benefitted personally from bets placed on his transfer, but had not expressed any intention to appeal against the ban.
Atlético Madrid, whose coach Diego Simeone described the punishment as “completely unjust”, had requested that the case be revised and asked both the Spanish football federation and Fifa to intervene. Atlético had not been involved in the investigation at any stage nor informed of its progress, and questioned a judgement that effectively benefited the England national team while punishing them by forcing Trippier to miss at least 13 games for his club and none for his country.
The Spanish club received notification from Fifa on Saturday making the England full-back available for selection, although he has not trained this week and was left out of the squad to play at Alavés on Sunday. Atlético will now prepare an appeal, which can be taken to Fifa in the first instance and then, should they decide to do so, to Cas.
“Personally, I think it’s a suspension that is disproportionate for the player and totally unjust for Atlético,” said the club’s CEO, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín. “How can it be possible that the party that is most negatively effected by this is Atlético, which hasn’t played any part in the process? If the player has committed an infraction that does not have any effect on the competition, how can it be Atlético is the one punished by this?
“The fact that the FA has punished the player by preventing him from playing against Chelsea, and that the ban just happens to finish just as the England national team is scheduled to play a competitive game, makes you think all sorts of things about the integrity of the competition and the ethics of a football association with a long history.”