Kieran Trippier’s 10-week global football ban for breaking the betting rules must be reassessed, according to Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, who said the punishment unfairly harms the La Liga club.
Tripper was fined £ 70,000 by the Football Association and suspended for 10 weeks from all football and soccer activity for four infractions of a rule that prevents players from providing information to others about their position which does not was not publicly available at the time.
The offenses allegedly took place in July 2019 around the time the full-back moved to Atletico from Tottenham for an amount of around £ 20 million. The 30-year-old has denied the charges against him.
The England international right-back will miss at least 14 appearances for Atletico, who lead La Liga and fight for their first Spanish title since 2014 and reached the last 16 in the Champions League, where they will face Chelsea.
“We think it is unfair and we hope it can be revised due to the damage done to Atletico,” Simeone said ahead of Atletico’s match between Getafe on Wednesday, the first game Trippier will miss.
“Atletico obviously have absolutely nothing to do with this situation, so we hope it can be reassessed somehow, because if the FA benefits, Atletico suffers and doesn’t has nothing to do with it.
“But the circumstances are what they are and we’ll have to live with them.”
Trippier, who is in his second season with Atletico, has played in every minute of his 19 La Liga and Champions League games.
After Trippier’s punishment, Atletico look set to launch a bold January bid for Arsenal Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose progress they have been monitoring for 12 months.
Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko is set to take Trippier’s place in the squad, having played just 14 minutes of first-team football this season as a substitute in a recent Copa del Rey against the Cardassar minnows.
Atletico Madrid have reached a mutual agreement with Diego Costa to end the Spanish international striker’s stay at the club.
The former Chelsea striker’s deal with the La Liga giants was due to expire in June 2021, but he has asked the club to end his stay prematurely for personal reasons.
This means the 32-year-old will now be able to join a new club with a free transfer in the January transfer window.
“Atlético de Madrid and Diego Costa have reached an agreement for the termination of the striker’s contract, which was due to end on June 30, 2021,” a statement from Atletico read on Tuesday.
“The striker asked to leave the club for personal reasons a few days ago and signed the termination of his contract on Tuesday.
“The club thank Diego Costa for his dedication during these years and wish him good luck for the next step in his professional career.”