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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Sturridge charged by FA over betting rules

Sturridge: Striker charged with breaching betting rules. Photo: Reuters
Sturridge: Striker charged with breaching betting rules. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association's betting rules, the governing body has announced.

The FA said Sturridge's alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, managers, team selection or disciplinary matters, which was not publicly available at the time.

"Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA's Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.

"He has until 6pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to respond to the charge."

A Liverpool spokesman said: "Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.

"Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.

"As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment."

The 29-year-old Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013, spent the second half of last season at West Brom after moving on loan on January 29.

He has won 26 caps for England, the last of which came against Lithuania in October of last year.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been praised by Ryan Christie for managing his Celtic career from loanee to a new three-year deal with the Parkhead club.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder had a brief loan period at Inverness after joining the Hoops on a four-year deal from the Highland club in 2015 and then two loan spells at Aberdeen before returning to the Glasgow club in the summer.

Christie has begun to make his mark with the double-treble winners this season with three goals in the last five games coming before his new contract was confirmed yesterday.

He revealed that confidence in his own ability along with advice from Rodgers, kept him from harbouring doubts about a career at Celtic.

"I never really let myself think like that," he said.

"And this was where the manager was really good for me. Any time I went out on loan he pulled me in and told me what I needed to work on and what to concentrate on.

"The main part obviously was game time but there were other aspects that I needed to improve as well."

In his first loan spell at the Pittodrie club Christie had to sit out the 2017 Scottish Cup final against Celtic and he is keen to get on the trophy trail, ironically, against the Dons in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park in December.

He said: "Obviously it is a bit funny that the first cup final will be against Aberdeen.

"Every player wants to play in cup finals and on the big occasions at places like Hampden so I'm obviously looking forward to the Betfred Cup final in December."

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