Atlético Betting Ban Appeal Rejected by FIFA

Atletico Madrid’s player Kieran Trippier continues his suspension after an appeal over the ban is rejected by world football’s main governing body.

Trippier Guilty of Professional Misconduct

Back in May 2020, Trippier allegedly breached conduct of the English Football Association’s (FA) Betting Rules, for which he was charged and issued a 10-week suspension. While several of the FA rules are in question, the charges are mostly based on the use of personal information in relation to sports betting.

The ban was initially suspended by the global organization so that the Liga leaders could present their case. However, it is now clear that the Atletico player will be left out of a large portion of the 2020-21 campaign and will have to watch from the sidelines for a total of 8 games across all competitions.

In the beginning, FIFA aimed to enforce the ban worldwide, which would have excluded him from playing for Atlético in Spain. The worldwide ban was put to a halt on the 2nd of January after Atletico appealed this prohibition, arguing that it can only be carried out in England.

Although the ban is intact from 21 December 2020 until 28 February 2021, Trippier is still permitted to play for Spain.

On account of this authorization, which can be argued goes against the ban, the FA initiated an appeal to “revise the dates”. Pushing the ban to be enforced as soon as possible, whether it be when Trippier returns to an English club or when FIFA allows it to be applied worldwide again.

Since only FIFA can determine whether or not the ban can be on a global level, the panel rejected the request.

At the moment, the FIFA Appeal Committee continues to follow through with the FA ruling stating that the ban is applicable globally and playing for Spain is out of the question until 28 February.

Atletico officials state that the case is planned to be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in hopes of Trippier being able to continue playing until a verdict is made.