Kevin Phillips has slammed “harsh” FA betting rules after former Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier was charged for an alleged breach.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international insisted players have to trust that their close ones will not use information wrongly, sometimes to their downfall.
Trippier, 29, completed a £21.7m transfer from Spurs to Atletico Madrid in July 2019.
However, the FA have charged the right-back with misconduct after betting rules were breached in relation to last summer’s move.
Daniel Sturridge was handed a 75,000 fine and a six-week ban, four of which were suspended, for the same offence earlier this season.
When asked by Football Insider if he empathised with Trippier for telling close friends or family about the move, Phillips said: “Even when I moved clubs you tell people, “I am moving on, I am going to sign for so and so.”
“You can only say to whoever you have told, “Please do not put a bet on it.” It is hard.
“Sometimes you cannot trust everyone, even people that are close to you.
“It is very harsh but they are the rules and it has happened to other people. Daniel Sturridge was punished for a similar breach.
“It is always tough to not tell anyone. If I had been told I was signing for Real Madrid – you cannot wait to tell people. It is the rules, but it is harsh. You cannot just disappear.”
Trippier made 114 appearances for Spurs before making the move to Diego Simeon’s side.
The England international cited issues “behind-the-scenes” for his shock departure.