Kieran Trippier Charged With Violating Sports Betting Rules

  • Kieran Trippier moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid in July 2019.
  • Trippier has been charged with violating the betting rules of the Football Association.
  • He faces two separate charges for his potential involvement.

LONDON, U.K. - International soccer player Kieran Trippier has been charged with violating the rules of the Football Association regarding sports betting.

Trippier moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid in July 2019, which is the same month in which he is being charged with breaking the rules regarding soccer betting.

So, what did he do specifically? Trippier has been charged with breaching Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b) in July of 2019.

Let’s break those rules down further.

The first rule is Rule E8(1)(a)(ii), meaning the second clause of Rule E8(1)(a). This rule states that:

“A participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on...(ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.”

In other words, football players are not allowed to bet on events, or tell other people to bet on events, if those events are even remotely related to football. This includes things not specifically related to what is happening on the pitch, like player transfers.

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The second rule is Rule E8(1)(b), which is a little more straightforward. This rule states that:

“Where a Participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the Participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the Participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.”

In other words, football players are not allowed to use their insider knowledge to bet on anything or tell other people to bet on anything.

The implication is that the Atletico Madrid star either helped some of his friends win money by telling them where he was going to move to, allowing them to place bets on it and win - or perhaps, did so himself.

Trippier, of course, is a multi-millionaire, so perhaps this was a simple story of a man trying to help out his friends, or perhaps, as they say, loose lips sink ships. Regardless, this is a sobering reminder that it is always important to follow the rules when betting on sports, whether you’re a star football player giving out insider information, or a guy in his sweatpants betting on an online sportsbook.