“Shall I Lump On You Going There?”: Messages Which Got Kieran Trippier Banned For Betting Come To The Fore: The Atletico Madrid defender is seen discussing insider information prior to placing bets
Although Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier has currently seen his ten week ban be suspended till his appeal hearing his conducted, evidence dished out by FA doesn’t bode well for the player.
Having managed to have repelled his ten week ban doled out by the FA for breaching their betting norms after an Atletico Madrid driven appeal saw FIFA curtail the punishment for now, Trippier looks far from innocent. As per the evidence which has been provided by the FA to support their case against the player, Trippier was indulged in providing insider information about his impending move to the Spanish club.
FA Releases Statement
Providing details of these messages sent by Trippier to his friends in the 46 page document published by them, the FA went onto state that these messages were clear proof of the player’s intentions. The governing council said the messages made it clear that Kieran Trippier was supplying information on his transfer and subsequently coercing friends into betting in its favour.
“We simply do not accept that these messages would be read by KT as ‘banter’,” the commission said.
Trippier later sent a message that read: “It’s happening.”
Trippier Chats With Friends Revealed
Trippier had sent WhatsApp messages to several of his friends on July 14, three days before the player sealed a move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid. In the messages, Trippier is seen asking his friends to lump on his move while asserting the same.
Trippier is seen speaking with a friend named Matthew Brady.
Trippier was asked by a friend: “Shall I lump on you going there?”
Trippier replied: “Can do mate.”
The friend continued: “100% Tripps?’. Trippier replied: “Yeah mate,” before adding, “Lump on if you want mate.
Kieran Trippier’s texts to the bloke he had bet on his move to Atletico😭😭 pic.twitter.com/4uLkJKl6KO
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The messages prompted a string of bets from his friends. A friend, who goes only by the initials ‘J’ is placed a 25 pound move for a total return of £91.67. Oliver Hawley placed 16 bets on the transfer with stakes ranging from £8.75 to £300 over a number of days during the transfer talks.
Hawley placed a total bet of £1,189.90 while winning £2,332.90.
While the FA has refused to accept Trippier’s claims of him only joking with his friends, the body has dropped four other charges previously levelled against him. The FA has gone onto accept that Trippier was not a direct beneficiary of these bets and conceded that Trippier could not have “instructed, permitted, caused or enabled MB to bet.”
The body is set to use this evidence to justify its 10 week and 70,000 pound fine at the appeal hearing.