Sturridge delivered the FA ban until June for violating betting rules
Former Liverpool & England striker Daniel Sturridge He has been suspended from all football-related activities until June 17 after he was found guilty of violating the betting rules, the governing body of English football (FA) said on Monday.
Sturridge became a free agent on Monday after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with the Turkish side. Trabzonspor .
He had been charged by the FA in July with 11 alleged breaches of its betting rules, nine of which were dismissed by an independent regulatory commission, & banned for six weeks -- four of which were suspended.
The 30-year-old was accused of passing on inside information about his potential transfer moves away from Liverpool in Jan. 2018 to close friends & relatives that was then used for, or in relation to, betting.
However, the FA appealed against the charges & said an independent Appeal Board had found that the Regulatory Commission "misapplied the FA's rules in relation to the use of inside information & made findings of fact which could not be sustained.
"The Appeal Board agreed with the FA that the penalty originally imposed on Mr Sturridge was unduly lenient & therefore increased his effective playing ban from two weeks to four months," the FA said in a statement.
Sturridge's fine was also doubled to 150,000 pounds ($191,400) & the FA said world governing body FIFA confirmed the suspension would be effective worldwide.
Sturridge, who joined Trabzonspor on a three-year deal in August, had seven goals & four assists for the Turkish Super Lig side in all competitions, last making an appearance in a 2-2 draw with Besiktas last month.
"We thank Daniel Sturridge for his contributions to our club & wish him success in his future career," the club said in a statement on Twitter.
Sturridge began his professional career in Manchester city In 2006, move to Premier league Chelsea three years later before sealing a switch to Liverpool in 2013.
He won the Premier league , two FA Cups & the Champions League at Chelsea. He added another Champions League medal at Liverpool last season.