Darren Bent has suggested the punishment handed to Leeds United youngster Jordan Stevens for a breach of gambling rules is a case of double standards after Daniel Sturridge’s ban earlier in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that he hopes the 19-year-old can learn from his mistakes and move on as soon as possible, the midfielder having admitted to placing bets on a number of games over a nine-month period.
The Football Association confirmed that the teenager has been banned from all football-related activities for a six-week period, Leeds responding with a strongly-worded statement accusing the punishment of being too harsh.
Having seen Daniel Sturridge allowed to take part in training during his ban, with four of his six-week suspension suspended by the FA, Bent was not overly impressed with either the decision from the officials or the player for his conduct.
Asked if he thought it was a case of double standards from the FA, Bent told Football Insider: “A little bit, obviously, Sturridge was allowed to train and this young kid’s not.
“The only saving grace I’d say is that he’s young. He will get over this, he will get past it. He knows he can’t let this happen again, I don’t even know how it came out and how he got caught.
“It’s not a good look, for someone so young, it’s not a good look.”
Stevens has played once for the first-team at Elland Road, featuring for 14 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City back in January 2019.
He has also featured a number of times as an unused substitute in both the league and the cups, although he has not been in a matchday squad since April.