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Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been handed a six week ban and a $100,000 fine for breaking rules related to gambling.
The 29 year old was found to have passed on information of passing news of a potential transfer last year, instructing his brother to bet on his possible move to Sevilla. Sturridge is eligible to return on July 31st, as four weeks of the ban have been suspended.
The length of the suspension has drawn ire from the FA, as the association wants to see Sturridge's suspension go longer, as nine other charges against Sturridge were dismissed. In a statement the FA wrote: "The FA respectfully disagrees with the Regulatory Commission's findings and will be appealing against the charges which were dismissed and the sanction which was imposed."
Sturridge is a free agent and has been rumored to have drawn interest from several clubs, including Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers, and Bologna.