Last Updated: 12/02/19 11:37am
Daniel Sturridge has responded to his charge for breaching FA betting rules, Sky Sports News has been told, but the governing body will keep his submission secret until an independent disciplinary hearing is organised.
Sky Sports News understands the allegation against Sturridge centres on a family member placing a £10,000 bet on him moving to Inter Milan.
It is not know whether Sturridge pleaded guilty or not guilty, but it is understood he met Monday’s 6pm deadline for a response.
The Liverpool striker was charged in November, following an eight-month investigation, and the FA currently has no specific time frame for the panel to sit to consider any possible punishment.
Specifically, the 29-year-old has been charged in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.
The first rule states that a player “shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world”.
The second rule bans players from providing information for use in betting, “which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time”.