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FIFA dismisses Atletico Madrid’s appeal against Trippier’s betting ban

FIFA has dismissed Atletico Madrid’s appeal against Kieran Trippier’s ban for breaching the Football Association betting rules. Atletico appealed against the ban stating that it will not be applicable in Spain, but things have turned against him. The player was already fined 70,000 euros and was given a 10-match ban including the round of 16 first leg against English heavy-weights Chelsea.

           However, the Spanish side were permitted by FIFA to include Trippier in the squad while they appealed against the ban, possibly taking the case as high as to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

           The player will now be able to return against city rivals Real Madrid in the La Liga, a game scheduled in March. Kieran Trippier was charged against leaking a series of messages to his friend regarding his transfer from Spurs to Atletico Madrid in 2019. Also, he was found guilty in 4 of the 7 cases charged against him.

           Trippier had handed over the phone to the FA for investigation. The FA found out that many bets were placed by his friends according to the messages about the transfer which was leaked by the player. The FA discovered that this was so unprofessional from a player like Trippier, who had been a star performer for England in the 2018 World Cup.

           Atletico appealed against the suspension but football’s world governing body announced on Monday that it has been dismissed. “The FIFA appeal committee has dismissed the appeal lodged by the club Atletico Madrid in a case concerning the player Kieran Trippier,” a statement read. “As a consequence, the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee passed on December 23, 2020, is confirmed, extending sanctions imposed on the player by the English FA to have worldwide effect.”

           Despite the allegations, Trippier played the match versus Sevilla in Wanda Metropolitano providing the assist for Angel Correa’s goal. He almost had another one when his cunning pass put Luis Suarez through but the latter was denied by the goalkeeper. The result extended Atletico’s lead at the top of the table by 4 points, strengthening their title aspirations. 

           The 30-year-old’s absence in the first leg against Chelsea in the round of 16 of the Champions League will be a huge loss for Atletico, but he may feature in the second leg of the tie.

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