The correspondence that led to England full-back Kieran Trippier receiving a 10-week ban and £70,000 fine for breaching betting regulations have been revealed.
The former Tottenham right-back made the switch to La Liga by joining Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019.
Trippier quickly established himself as a key performer under Diego Simeone, but controversy struck in December.
A worldwide 10-week football ban and £70,000 fine was handed down after the 30-year-old was found to have breached four of the seven betting regulations that he had initially denied in May.
Atletico’s appeal ensured FIFA put the ban on pause, with Trippier due to return to action in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.
However, British newspaper the Daily Mail has now revealed the messages that led to his ban.
Amid Atletico’s negotiations with Tottenham over his proposed transfer, Tripper appeared to encourage his friends to place money on the transfer going through.
When asked by a friend if he should bet on the deal’s success, Trippier reportedly said ‘Can do mate’. This was followed by another message stating ‘Don’t blame me if something goes wrong. It shouldn’t but just letting you no (sic)’.
Further correspondence emerged in which Trippier’s use of emojis continued to suggest a move was on the cards.
When later pushed for updates from a friend, he replied ‘it’s all agreed just waiting for them to come to an agreement for the fee’.
As the deal neared completion the right-back reportedly messaged ‘done deal’ in a group chat.
The article claims several of Trippier’s friends did indeed place money on the bet.