Kieran Trippier's 10-week ban for breaking FA rules on gambling has been put on hold.
World governing body FIFA have contacted Atletico Madrid to tell them Trippier is free to play until the Spanish club’s appeal against the suspension is heard.
Trippier got the ban and a £70,000 fine from the Football Association last month after the England full back was found guilty of providing information on his £20m move from Tottenham to Atletico in July 2019 in a group WhatsApp chat with friends.
Atletico right back Trippier has now been cleared to play while the appeal is ongoing but he missed their game on Sunday with Alaves because he has not trained this week as he did not expect to play.
FIFA issued a statement which read: “Following the appeal and, specifically, the request for provisional measures lodged by the club Atletico Madrid, the FIFA Appeal Committee has approved to stay the extension of the suspension against Kieran Trippier until the procedure is over before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”
Trippier has always pleaded his innocence, insisted he made no profit and anything said was purely conversation with friends and family. Atletico have appealed to FIFA and are also prepared to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But the appeal has been driven by Atletico with boss Diego Simeone calling the punishment “completely unjust” as it would rule Trippier out of 14 games, including their last 16 tie with Chelsea next month.
Atletico chief executive Miguel Ángel Gil Marín has launched a passionate defence of Trippier and also remarkable attack on the FA’s process. He said: “Personally, I think it’s a suspension that is disproportionate for the player and totally unjust for Atlético.
“How can it be possible that the party that is most negatively effected by this is Atlético, which hasn’t played any part in the process? If the player has committed an infraction that does not have any effect on the competition, how can it be Atlético is the one punished by this?
“The fact that the FA has punished the player by preventing him from playing against Chelsea, and that the ban just happens to finish just as the England national team is scheduled to play a competitive game, makes you think all sorts of things about the integrity of the competition and the ethics of a football association with a long history.”
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