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FA fails in bid to revise Trippier ban

Body's own regulatory commission rejects move, meaning Trippier can carry on playing despite contested ban for betting breach

THE FA has failed to revise the dates of Kieran Trippier’s suspension, it was revealed today, meaning that he could carry on playing for Atletico Madrid throughout his ban.

The England defender was hit with the 10-week suspension last month for breaching FA betting rules by telling a friend to “lump on” his move to Madrid from Tottenham in 2019.

But since Atletico appealed against the worldwide aspect of the sanction with Fifa, the world footballing body has temporarily lifted the ban.

Even if Fifa throws out the appeal, Atletico can take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport — which would mean a further delay.

Trippier is therefore free to play and featured in Atletico’s 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday, therefore rendering the FA sanction meaningless.

The FA’s bid to revise the effective dates of the ban, which ends on February 28, was rejected by its own independent regulatory commission.

It means that Trippier can play in England when Atletico travel to Chelsea on March 17, and will be available for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Albania later in the month.

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