Following the case of Daniel Sturridge, who was fined and suspended following breaches of betting regulations, another Premier League footballer is in the firing line.
Everton’s Yerry Mina has been hit with a charge of misconduct by the Football Association (FA), following an investigation into potential flouting of the rules on betting. According to the FA, Minna is alleged to have broken the rules by taking part in an advertising campaign for the Colombian gambling operator, Betjuego, earlier in 2018.
In a statement, the FA said that the regulation Minna has allegedly breached is Rule E8(3). This regulation stipulates that no individual employed in English football is permitted to be involved in advertising or promoting betting activities that they themselves are not allowed to engage in. Rule E8(1) bans players from all forms of betting on football anywhere in the world, while the similar Rule E8(2) applies the same injunction to all match officials.
There have been a number of cases of the FA cracking down on alleged E8 breaches in recent months, with the most notable being that of Daniel Sturridge. The former Liverpool player, who is now a free agent, was found guilty of breaking the betting rules and punished with a £75,000 fine and a six-week suspension, although the FA is currently going through the appeal process to have the length of the suspension increased.
In Minna’s case, it is reported that the advertisement he was involved in was removed from public use when the player realised that it could contravene the FA rules. Whether that will have any bearing on the outcome of his case isn’t clear. The defender has until Friday to produce a response to the charge, which will then be adjudicated by an independent commission.