Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching betting regulations has been temporarily suspended, pending an appeal, meaning he can return to action immediately for Atletico Madrid.
The 30-year-old received the initial ban for leaking inside information over his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to los Rojiblancos in the summer of 2019, despite the defender insisting he never placed a bet nor benefitted financially from others’ profits.
And Rob Harris reports that Trippier’s punishment has been suspended upon appeal over the global extension of the ban, allowing him to return to training and competitive action for Diego Simeone’s side.
The club received the news from FIFA on Saturday, who confirmed in a statement that they’ve ‘approved to stay the extension of the suspension’ until the result of the appeal is heard.
“The FIFA appeal committee has approved to stay the extension of the suspension against Kieran Trippier until the procedure is over before the FIFA appeal committee.”
Simeone had previously described his defender’s ban as ‘completely unjust’, and he is not the only Atleti man to discuss the matter.
The club’s CEO, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, has also spoken out over the ban, questioning the ‘integrity and ethics’ of the English FA, due to the parameters of the punishment. The 10-week ban would see Trippier miss a potential 13 matches for los Colchoneros, but he would return just in time for international duty with England.
“Personally, I think it’s a suspension that is disproportionate for the player and totally unjust for Atlético,” he explained.
“How can it be possible that the party that is most negatively effected by this is Atlético, which hasn’t played any part in the process? If the player has committed an infraction that does not have any effect on the competition, how can it be Atlético is the one punished by this?
“The fact that the FA has punished the player by preventing him from playing against Chelsea, and that the ban just happens to finish just as the England national team is scheduled to play a competitive game, makes you think all sorts of things about the integrity of the competition and the ethics of a football association with a long history.”