Former Manchester City player Joey Barton said that the Football Association should change the approach to gambling in football after Liverpool attacked Daniel Sturridge for alleged violations of the betting rules.
England's international Sturridge was in charge of incidents from January 2018 and replied by Tuesday.
Barton, who himself co-operated in the 13-month ban on bets while playing for Burnley, believes that gambling in English football culture and penalizing players is just "the tip of the iceberg."
"They have to revise their approach," said Barton, who currently manages the third Fleetwood Town, Sky Sport.
"There are many people who are interested in promoting and advertising games of chance, I think that this is not a problem with this.
"I just think that the problem is when we forbid something that is clearly a big part of our game, and then we begin to ban players for it."
The FA Rules prohibit players and coaches from betting on any football activity or providing non-public information to any other person who then applies to bets.
Barton said that the FA should have been more lenient with its regulations.
"I am not saying that we should allow betting on the games, because it would obviously be harmful to the integrity of the sport, but I think that we have to be around 21st Century about our approach," added the 36-year allowance.
"I think the rule is a bit too draconian, a bit too hard. The approach with zero tolerance will always have a victim."