One former Liverpool star has endured a nightmare week after he received a four-month worldwide ban from football - a decision that has forced him to terminate his contract with his club.
Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has received a worldwide ban from all football for four months for breaching betting rules, according to BBC.
The 30-year-old was previously handed a six-week ban last summer after he was found to have provided insider information over his potential transfer from Liverpool in January 2018, four weeks of which were suspended.
However, the length of Sturridge's ban was appealed by the English Football Association, and the appeal board have now slapped the Birmingham-born forward with an extended suspension, as well as an increased fine of £150,000 (R2.9 million).
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The ex-Chelsea and Manchester City forward, who left Liverpool on a free transfer at the start of the season, has also had his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor terminated by mutual agreement following the appeal board's decision.
In a YouTube video, Sturridge described the decision as "disappointing and upsetting" and explained that he had rescinded his contract in Trabzon as he felt "uncomfortable" drawing a salary from the club while he was unable to play.
The 26-cap England international scored seven goals in 15 appearances during his time Turkey, four of which were spread across his 11 league matches for the campaign.
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