Daniel Sturridge was sentenced to pay £ 22,400 to a man who found his lost dog.
The former Liverpool forward said the animal was stolen from a home in Los Angeles in 2019 and offered a reward for its return.
The Pomeranian, named Lucci, was found by local musician Foster Washington who shared the photos on social media and helped reunite Sturridge with his dog.
Sturridge had pleaded for the return of his dog on social media in July 2019, while the story also appeared in some newspapers in the United States.
When he reunited with Lucci he was “absolutely happy” and thanked people for raising awareness on social media.
A Los Angeles court has now ordered Sturridge to pay Washington US $ 30,085 for failing to honor the reward.
Court documents obtained by the PA news agency show that a judgment was handed down in absentia, meaning Sturridge did not respond to the complaint.
Mr Washington, whose rapper name is Killa Fame, said he felt “disappointed” by Sturridge.
“I hope you pay and don’t try to appeal,” he told PA.
“I’m thrilled, I’ve been fighting this case for over a year, I can’t believe it’s over. When we found the dog I thought my life would be better.”
Mr. Washington added that he still had to arrange payment with Sturridge.
One of my teammates caught Covid, so unfortunately the whole team has to quarantine in a hotel in Brisbane for 14 days and potentially spend Christmas alone in a hotel room. We hope to find a solution and to be able to continue with the good game. Stay safe and healthy ❤️
– Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) December 17, 2021
In October Sturridge signed for Perth Glory on a free transfer, 19 months after leaving the Turks from Trabzonspor.
The 32-year-old former England striker had been out of action since March 2020 after being banned for four months for violating the FA’s gambling rules.
On December 17, Sturridge posted a message on Twitter saying that the team would have to spend 14 days in quarantine at a Brisbane hotel after a teammate contracted the coronavirus.
Sturridge representatives have been contacted for comment.