Suspended and then finally authorized to play by FIFA, Kieran Trippier did not get out of the woods so far. The English Federation has investigated and revealed in a report the content of the messages that the footballer exchanged with his friends before his transfer to Atlético, in 2019.
Did Kieran Trippier even think he could get away with it? Reading the messages he sent to his friends, and unveiled this Tuesday in a 41-page report from the English Football Federation, it seems so.
As Kieran Trippier discussed a transfer from Tottenham to Atlético de Madrid, the 30-year-old England right-back was texting on WhatsApp to keep his friends informed of the progress of negotiations.
Trippier: « Don’t blame me if something goes wrong »
The friends in question were more than anxious to know which country Trippier was going to move to. And for good reason, they also hoped to earn some money by making him leave England for Spain, where he ended up joining Atlético de Madrid.
Reading the messages is quite edifying. Judge instead:
« Can I bet on you going over there? » Read a message from one of his friends.
« You can, man, » Trippier replies.
« 100% Tripps? », Then wants to make sure the friend in question.
« Yeah buddy. Don’t blame me if something goes wrong. It shouldn’t be, but I’d rather warn you, » the footballer warned, however.
The FA convinced of its guilt
« There is nothing in the words used by the men concerned that is consistent with banter as that word is normally understood. The purpose of the message is very clear, » said the FA, convinced of Trippier’s guilt. MB (the punter) was looking for reassurance that he should bet on the transfer of KT (Kieran Trippier) to Atlético; KT provided that assurance. «
The betting statements and various messages collected prove that another friend of Kieran Trippier was convinced to bet large sums by the person concerned. By providing confidential information that can be used in betting, Kierian Trippier has violated English Football Association (FA) rules designed to protect the integrity of the game. Although Trippier has not been charged with match-fixing or fraudulent bets, the Englishman had been suspended for ten weeks.
FIFA came to his aid last Saturday. She announced that she had accepted the suspensive appeal made by Atlético de Madrid. While waiting for a decision to be rendered by the appeal committee of the governing body of world football, Kieran Trippier can therefore replay with the Colchoneros.