This is a piece of worrying news for Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge.
According to BBC Sport, Sturridge has been charged with two betting related incidents from January 2018 – one directly related to gambling on football – and one relating to passing on privy information to a third party.
The assumption is that this relates to his West Brom transfer. As a footballer, it’s illegal to pass on information that somebody else can gamble on – such as your next club – so it looks like this may have occurred.
Liverpool have responded for the striker, who maintains he will co-operate, but “stated categorically that he has never gambled on football”.
We now face an anxious wait to see if Sturridge receives any form of punishment for his apparent misdemeanour.
Joey Barton was most famously banned for 18 months after it was proved that he submitted over 1,000 bets over the past decade, but we’d be very surprised if Sturridge’s penalty will be anywhere near as harsh considering the incidents appear isolated.
The forward’s contract expires at the end of this campaign though, and despite him doing well in various cameo roles this term, this will not help his chances of an extension.