Former Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge has been ordered to pay £22,400 to a man who found his lost dog in 2019.
Sturridge, now 32, made a plea on social media after his beloved Pomeranian dog named Lucci, who is worth up to £4,000, was stolen after his Los Angeles house was burgled in July 2019, with bags also taken.
The footballer promised a reward of £22,400 ($30,000) to whoever found the pet but Foster Washington, a local musician who found the dog, filed a lawsuit in May stating Sturridge still owed him the reward money.
A Los Angeles court has now ordered Sturridge to pay Washington $30,085 (£22,426) after he did not honour the reward.
Court documents show that a default judgment was given, meaning Sturridge did not answer to the complaint.
The former Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and England striker, now plays for A-League side Perth Glory.
Daniel Sturridge has been ordered to pay £22,400 promised to the man who found his dog
Sturridge was furious on Instagram after his house was burgled and his dog was stolen in 2019. A local musician called Foster Washington found the Pomeranian but did not receive payment
Mr Washington, a musician whose rapper name is Killa Fame, said he felt ‘let down’ by Sturridge.
‘Hopefully he pays up and doesn’t try to appeal it,’ he said after the verdict.
‘I’m excited about it, 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 was going to be better.’
A Los Angeles court has told the former Liverpool man to pay Washington £22,400
Mr Washington added he had yet to arrange the payment with Sturridge.
Representatives for Sturridge have been contacted for comment.
Sturridge is an avid Instagram user and this year put out a job advertisement for a barber in Perth, Australia, where he now plays for A-League side Perth Glory.
He also shared a video of himself singing a self-penned coronavirus song earlier this month.
Sturridge posted the scene at his burgled house on his Instagram, with detectives later arriving to gather evidence.
While they took fingerprints from a broken door, the footballer took matters into his own hands by pleading for help on social media.
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