Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has avoided a ban after accepting an FA charge for 29 breaches of betting rules but has been fined £22,058 and warned about his future conduct.
Martin Demichelis was adjudged to have committed the breaches of FA Rule E8 in January and February this year. His charge was announced in March.
A statement from the FA on Wednesday read:
‘The Manchester City defender breached FA Rule E8 in respect of 29 bets placed on football matches between 22 January 2016 and 15 February 2016.’
The offences from Demichelis are not believed to have related to any matches over which the 35-year-old could have had an influence and his punishment is at the lenient end of the spectrum.
Professional players must not bet on ‘any match or competition in which they participate, or in which they have any influence’.
The FA rules also state that a player should not bet ‘either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on any result, progress or conduct of a match’.
Those were tightened ahead of last season, to also clamp down on betting involving ‘any other matter concerning or related to any club participating in any league competition’. That involves the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
‘A Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.’
Source : Daily mail