FORMER Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has denied claims that he owes a person £24,400 for locating his lacking canine.
The 34-year-old publicly supplied a reward for the protected return of his Pomeranian in July 2019 after it had been stolen from his Los Angeles house.
American rapper Foster Washington took credit score for reuniting Sturridge together with his canine, however he insisted that he by no means obtained the promised cash.
He subsequently launched a civil lawsuit and a Los Angeles court docket ordered the previous Premier League star to pay $30,000 (£24,400) in December 2021.
Sturridge was known as again to court docket final month, however a report from the Each day Mail claimed that he didn’t attend.
And he has since been served a bench warrant – a summons issued by a decide to arrest a defendant and produce them earlier than court docket.
Regardless of the arrest warrant, Sturridge has continued to disclaim that he owes cash.
In an announcement issued on social media, he stated: “I personally paid a reward to the younger boy who discovered him. He was delighted with the reward, as have been my household and I to get Lucci house.
“The particular person searching for fee shouldn’t be due any cash, I already paid the younger boy who discovered Lucci.
“I used to be unaware of the court docket listening to even happening. The authorized paperwork was despatched to the Airbnb property which we had left inside 24 hours of the housebreaking.
“Due to this fact, I’ve not had the chance to correctly symbolize myself in relation to those false claims.
“With that being stated, I’ve now instructed California attorneys to cope with issues on my behalf. I’m assured that this might be resolved in my favour shortly and put an finish to the speculative declare for good.”
Sturridge has not performed skilled soccer since leaving Perth Glory in 2022.
He was named as a brand new Sky Sports activities pundit originally of the season.