Liverpool and England star Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct over a breach of FA betting rules.
The FA have confirmed that Sturridges charge is in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b) and the 29-year-old forward has until November 20 to appeal.
A statement from the FA reads: Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of The FAs Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of January 2018.
He has until 6pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 to respond to the charge.
FA hits Daniel Sturridge with betting misconduct charges
Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) states: A participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
Rule E8(1)(b) states: Where a participant provides to any other person any 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, the participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.
A Liverpool spokesperson responded: 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.
Sturridge was heavily linked with a move away from Liverpool in the summer but the striker remained at Anfield for the 2018/19 campaign and has had a promising start to the season.
The England international is behind Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order on Merseyside, but has impressed off the bench and in cup competitions.
While Sturridge is currently on four goals in all competitions for Liverpool, there was no place for the attacker in Gareth Southgates recent England squad.