Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been handed a six-week suspension from football and a PS75,000 ($A133,000) fine for breaching betting regulations.
A Football Association independent regulatory commission found Sturridge, capped 26 times by England, had instructed his brother Leon to bet on a possible move to Sevilla during the January 2018 transfer window.
Nine of the 11 charges against the striker were dismissed but the FA is appealing against the decision as well as the sanctions handed down to Sturridge, who is free to resume his career on July 31 as four weeks of his ban are suspended.
Sturridge ended up switching to West Brom for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign after a move to LaLiga side Sevilla broke down.
The 29-year-old is currently without a club after being released by Liverpool at the end of last season, having scored 67 times in 160 appearances during his six-and-a-half year spell at Anfield.
Australian Associated Press