Daniel Sturridge has denied that he has ever gambled on football, following a charge from the FA over an alleged breach of betting rules.
Speaking to the BBC an official spokesperson from Liverpool FC stated that the 29-year-old has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout the process and has assured the club he will continue to do so:
Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.
As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment.
A statement from the FA said the charge against him was "specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b)" which read as follows:
Rule E8(1)(a) - a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on - (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
Rule E8(1)(b) - where a participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the participant shall be in breach of this Rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.
The England striker has been given until 6pm on Tuesday, 20 November to respond to the charge, which relates back to the period of January 2018.