Daniel Sturridge is in trouble with the Football Association after being charged with betting misconduct.
Sturridge is accused of alleged breaches of the FA's betting rules during January 2018 and he has until 6pm on Tuesday, 20 November to respond.
A statement on the FA’s official website said: "Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.”
The Liverpool striker could be handed a hefty fine and/or a suspension.
And a Liverpool spokesperson has responded by saying: “Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.
“Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.
“As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.”
And now, the Liverpool Echo has revealed details on the bets that make up part of the FA probe.
They claim that "Wagers placed on Daniel Sturridge moving to West Brom on loan back in January are understood to form part of the Football Association's investigation into alleged breaches of betting rules.”
They understand that “on January 28 bookies received a flurry of bets on Sturridge joining the Baggies on loan.”
That day, Inter Milan were favourites to sign Sturridge with West Brom ranked as 66/1 outsiders for his signature.
Cue loads of bets on those hefty odds and bookmakers Paddy Power soon cut the price from 66/1 to 5/2.
The following day, Sturridge signed for West Brom on loan after snubbing a move to Newcastle.
According to the Daily Mail, the FA have already conducted an eight-month investigation before announcing the misconduct charge.
The charge against Sturridge refers to allegedly passing on "information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time."
While there's currently no suggestion that Sturridge placed the bet himself, it seems many others did based on "intelligence provided by the player."
And the report states that, if found guilty, Sturridge's career could be overNews Now - Sport News