A COUSIN of England ace Daniel Sturridge placed a £10,000 bet on him quitting Liverpool.
The Sun can reveal the close relative put the huge wager on the striker moving to Inter Milan.
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At the time it was placed on January 17 this year, it was not clear which club Sturridge was joining — and would have netted a massive £27,000 payout.
The family bet will now form a key part of the FA’s investigation into whether the £100,000-a-week player broke strict betting rules. He is charged with misconduct.
Sturridge’s move to the Italian club collapsed at the 11th hour, sparking a feud between members of the star’s family, who had apparently promised to help fund the stake.
The row became so heated the cousin was forced to provide proof he had placed the bet with bookies Paddy Power.
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A betting industry source told The Sun on Sunday: “Daniel Sturridge’s family is very much caught up in this probe. It seems some of them got to know of his transfer plans in January.
“A cousin placed a lot of money on a bet that he would move from Liverpool to Inter Milan.
“It seems he thought another relative was sharing the cost of the stake with him, so when Sturridge pulled out of a move to Inter Milan at the last moment, it is alleged that not everyone got the message.
“After it fell through, he needed to get proof to show another relative that he had spent £10,000 at the bookies on placing the bet.
“It sparked a flurry of frantic communications between the family member and Paddy Power over email. He wanted an email to prove he had placed the bet for £10,000.
“Obviously that alerted bookies to what had gone on.”
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The Sun on Sunday has seen a copy of the email from Paddy Power to the cousin, which said: “As discussed I can confirm your bet for Daniel Sturridge to sign for Inter Milan before 3rd February 2018 has been placed on the 17th January at 11.44.”
In the end Sturridge, 29, went on loan to West Brom on January 29.
The player was written to by the FA at the end of January over betting on him — and was interviewed at their London HQ in May.
All professional footballers are forbidden from betting, or giving family and friends inside information.
Instead of collecting a cool £27,000 if the transfer had gone ahead, at odds of 17-10, the punter lost his £10,000 stake.
Getty – Contributor4 The move to West Brom for Daniel Sturridge came as a shock after Inter Milan fell through
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After the bet was placed, respected Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported Inter Milan had agreed a deal to take Sturridge on loan — but with an option to buy him permanently in the summer.
The article surfaced after the alleged Sturridge-linked bets were tabled.
The Sun on Sunday has been told by the betting industry source that ANOTHER bet was placed by a Sturridge family member on the striker moving from Liverpool to West Brom, which provided a payout of a ‘significant sum of money’.
It is said this is part of the FA’s investigation. As well as gambling on games, FA rules prohibit players from involvement in betting on any matter connected to football — including player transfers, managerial changes or selection.
Footballers are also forbidden from passing on information which they have “obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available” for any outside party to then use while placing a bet.