Kieran Trippier has been handed a huge 10-week ban from football after the English FA found him guilty of breaching betting regulations.
The full-back has been handed a £70,000 fine and of the seven alleged offences, four were found proven by the committee investigating the case.
A statement from the FA reads: "An independent regulatory commission was appointed to hear the case, with four of the alleged breaches found proven and three dismissed during a subsequent personal hearing.
"The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons for its decisions and the associated sanction will be published in due course.
"The suspension, which includes all football and football-related activity, is effective worldwide from today (Wednesday 23 December 2020) following an application to FIFA."
The news will come as a significant blow to both the player and his club Atletico Madrid.
Trippier has been one of the best defenders in La Liga this season and has been an ever-present for Diego Simeone's side, leading them to a flying start at the top of the table.
The ban will rule Trippier out of football until the last weekend in February, with fit-again Sime Vrsaljko likely to deputise for him.