Trippier told pal to “lump on” his £20m transfer from Spurs to Atletico Madrid
Kieran Trippier told a friend to “lump on” his £20m transfer to Atletico Madrid after the full details of his gambling ban were revealed.
England right-back Trippier had another text exchange on with a different mate who placed two separate bets of £22 after a chat on Whats App.
Atletico are appealing the 10-week ban imposed by the Football Association after an independent investigation into bets placed around his move from Tottenham in July 2019.
Trippier’s ban is currently on hold until FIFA hear the appeal and there are fears that the delay could mean he misses next summer’s Euros.
But the full transcript has now been published in the FA’s written reasons for the suspension as the independent commission said they “simply do not accept that these messages would be read by Kieran Trippier as ‘banter’.”
Trippier even told one pal, Oliver Hawley, that “it’s happening” in an exchange and the friend placed two bets, one of £65 at odds of 7/2 and one bet of £40 at odds of 9/4.
Ex-Spurs full-back Trippier even set up WhatsApp groups called Pint and Boys Promotion and sent a racing tip to his pals in the chat.
Trippier put a message on saying “the clock is ticking get this deal done” after being given permission to travel to Atletico Madrid to begin formal negotiations and that sparked a flurry of more bets being placed.
According to the evidence, Hawley placed bets of £100, £120, £8.75, £20 and £300 while other friends also put money on the deal on July 15. The transfer and fee was agreed on July 16.
Another pal, Matthew Brady, asked Trippier: “Shall I lump on you going there?” Trippier replied: “Can do mate.”
When he was asked: “100 per cent, Tripps?” The player replied: “Yeah mate.” He later added in the conversation: “Lump on if you want mate.”
Trippier insists he is innocent, did not place any bets and it was all banter while Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate and Sean Dyche were among those to provide witness statements in his defence.
Trippier would have been available again to play in England’s World Cup qualifiers in March had the ban been served now but the delay means that he could be in jeopardy of missing the Euros if the process drags on.