Daniel Sturridge was banned from all football in the world for four months following a successful FA appeal for his violation of betting rules.
The former Liverpool striker’s contract with Trabzonspor was terminated by mutual consent on Monday and he will not be able to play for another club until June 18.
He was first fined £ 75,000 and banned for six weeks (four of which have been suspended) last July after it turned out that he had used “cynical determination” to help others to place bets.
The FA immediately appealed, arguing that anything less than a six-month ban for the player “would absolutely not reflect the seriousness of the case”.
And eight months later their appeal was successful, Sturridge’s fine also doubled to £ 150,000.
A statement read as follows: “The Appeal Board agreed with the FA that the penalty originally imposed on Mr. Sturridge was lenient and therefore increased his playing ban from two weeks to four months. The appeal board also doubled the fine to £ 150,000.
“FIFA has confirmed that the suspension will be of global scope.”
Sturridge was initially found guilty of only two of the eleven counts charged – and his increased sentence comes after the Appeal Board proved two others.
The original case against Sturridge concerned information he had provided to his brother about a possible move to Seville during the January 2018 transfer window.
Sturridge ended up joining West Brom for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign when a move to Seville broke down.