Former Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has been hit with a peculiar punishment after he’s been found out breaching betting rules.
The free agent has been handed a £75,000 fine and told he cannot play football for two weeks – it was a six-week suspension, but four weeks were suspended, as per the BBC.
It’s an unusual punishment for the former England international considering he’s currently not signed to a football club, and that doesn’t look like it’ll change in the next 14 days.
The Football Association will appeal against the decision on Sturridge’s behalf as they disagree with the outcome of the investigation.
It was found that the striker had informed his brother to bet on a potential move to La Liga side Sevilla, and he gave over other confidential information in January last year.
Sturridge made headlines earlier this month when his pet dog was stolen from his property in Los Angeles in the United States.
The dog, Lucci, a Pomeranian, was returned to the former Liverpool man who was so distraught by the potential loss that he offered £30,000 for the return of his beloved pet.
The forward is yet to announce his next football club after the end of his contract and Anfield, but he is bound to have already received plenty of offers already.