Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier has been given a ten-week suspension by the Football Association after he was found guilty of breaching the governing body’s rules on betting.
The 30 year old England defender was also fined £70,000 and his ban is effective worldwide after the FA launched an application with FIFA.
Trippier will now miss their Champions League tie against Chelsea in the second round of the competition.
Atlético boss Diego Simeone has revealed that that the decision was an unfair one and has described the Football Association’s decision to suspend Kieran Trippier for 10 weeks as “completely unjust”. He even accused the FA of benefiting from a ban handed to one of its own players.
Simeone said: “I insist: it is completely unjust for Atlético Madrid to find itself in a situation where the [body] that benefits is the English federation, which is the same body that takes the decision and makes the judgment.
“We hope this situation can be reviewed, or at least analysed to see why Atlético Madrid should be the one [paying] for something in which it has played no part.”