Kieran Trippier’s ban continues to run… despite the fact he’s still playing! Atletico defender may not miss ANY more matches as FIFA rule his 10-week suspension for betting breaches WIll end on February 28 regardless of appeal
- Kieran Trippier was handed a 10-week ban by FA for breach of betting rules
- He served less than two weeks before Atletico appealed and FIFA paused ban
- FA tried to extend end of ban but have been unable, meaning it ends on Feb 28
- That means Trippier could reach end of his ban without missing another game
Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban by the FA will end on February 28 regardless of an appeal, FIFA have confirmed, meaning the Atletico Madrid star may not miss any matches for the Spanish outfit.
Trippier was punished by the FA for breaching their betting regulations after telling friends to ‘lump on’ his pending move to Atletico, just days before leaving Tottenham in a £20million deal in 2019, with his ban effective worldwide.
The England star had served less than two weeks of the ban when FIFA paused the global extension of his punishment following an appeal by the LaLiga side, who had complained his transgressions were nothing to do with them.
Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching betting rules expires on the final day of February
The FA’s bid to extend his ban has been rejected and he may not miss any more Atletico games
The FA asked its own independent regulatory commission to revise the dates of the suspension until FIFA decided on whether the suspension should apply beyond England.
But the FA said on Thursday the appeal had been rejected, meaning the punishment is set to expire on February 28, which could see Trippier miss no further games.
The FA commission said Trippier was ‘entitled to think these long drawn-out proceedings had been finalised and that as from the end of February 2021 he could begin a new chapter’. It added that changing the dates of the suspension would create uncertainty for the player and stressed he was ‘blameless’ over the situation.
However, should Trippier return to England in the current transfer window, he would have to serve that ban – considered to have been running since December 21 – for whichever club he signs for.
FIFA have paused the ban in Spain pending their investigations, much to the FA’s frustration
Trippier is therefore allowed to continue playing while the ban edges closer to its conclusion
In one WhatsApp exchange, Trippier told a friend to ‘lump on if you want mate’
In another exchange, Trippier told a friend the deal was almost done and the friend bet on the move happening shortly after – Trippier didn’t appear to encourage a bet in that discussion
It would appear to rule out any move to England this month, after being linked with a move to Manchester United, given that he would be banned for the first month.
‘We accept that the suspension is probably having a deleterious effect upon [Trippier’s] transfer prospects,’ the FA said.
‘There is a very real benefit to football worldwide in resolving as quickly as possible whether it is open to clubs to intervene as [Atletico Madrid] has done in this case in the absence of its player’s consent and, indeed, against his wishes when such intervention might be viewed as frustrating the outcome of national disciplinary processes and the ability of FIFA to give effect to those outcomes worldwide.’
The decision does mean it is unlikely Trippier will secure a move back to England in January