Kieran Trippier may never serve full betting ban after panel deals blow to FA

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Kieran Trippier could end up missing no further matches for Atlético Madrid after the FA failed in an attempt to revise the dates of his punishment
Kieran Trippier could end up missing no further matches for Atlético Madrid – and be clear to play for England in March – after the Football Association failed in an attempt to revise the dates of his punishment for breaches of its betting regulations.

The 30-year-old full-back was banned by the governing body for 10 weeks after an independent panel found that he had encouraged friends to bet on his transfer from Tottenham to Atlético in the summer of 2019.

Fifa confirmed on 23 December that the FA's punishment would apply worldwide, meaning Trippier faced being unable to train or play for Atlético until 28 February – ruling him out of at least 13 matches.

Trippier accepted the punishment and resolved to move on rather than appeal. But Atlético did appeal to Fifa about the worldwide aspect of the sanction, as the FA does not have jurisdiction in Spain, and it prompted a U-turn; Fifa ruled that Trippier could resume playing in Spain pending the result of his club's appeal, the timeframe of which is unclear. Trippier had missed two La Liga games and one Copa del Rey tie but he was back for Tuesday's league victory over Sevilla.

The FA applied to the independent panel, asking it to delay the enforcement of the ban until the result of Atlético's appeal to Fifa was known or Trippier returned to England and came back under their jurisdiction – whichever came first. It was announced on Thursday that the panel had rejected the request, largely…
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