Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis Hit with Illegal Betting Charges

Martin Demichelis charged with betting offences.

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis has until April 5 to answer charges that he breached the FA’s gambling rules. (Image: worldsoccertalk.com)

Martin Demichelis, the Manchester City Defender, has been charged by the FA for reportedly violating its betting rules on 12 separate occasions.

The Argentinean professional has made 18 appearances for Manchester City this season, but between January 22 and January 28 it’s alleged that he breached the FA’s rules by placing 12 football bets.

Although the FA hasn’t suggested that Demichelis was attempting to fix the matches he had bet nor had he placed any bets on Manchester City games, it has stated that he was in breach of rule E8 which was introduced in 2014.

FA Hot on Blocking Bets

Following the match-fixing scandals that almost ruined the Italian football league system in 2006 and then again in 2012, the FA decided to impose a blanket ban on betting for clubs across England.

According to rule E8, anyone involved with a club participating in the Isthmian Leagues and above (from semi-pro to pro men and women) is not permitted to bet either directly or indirectly on a football match.

By stopping anyone involved with the club, from the players and manager to the backroom staff, betting on matches around the world, the FA hopes to preserve the integrity of the game at all levels.

This rule officially came into force on August 1, 2014, and almost two years on Demichelis has now found himself in hot water after he allegedly wagered money on 12 matches in January.

The 35-year-old has declined to comment on the charges as has Manchester City, but he now has until April 5 to file an official response before the case is heard by the FA’s disciplinary panel.

If Demichelis fails to respond or is found guilty of betting on football matches, the FA has the power to fine and suspend him as it sees fit.

Not Such a Bright Idea

In other UK betting news this week, online operator BetBright made the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently after a botched Easter advertising campaign.

The platform, which was founded by ex-Barclays banker Rich Ricci, sent out a promotional email on Good Friday urging customers not to let Jesus spoil their day off as he probably “won’t mind anymore.”

Despite the jovial nature of the call to action, many customers took offence to the email; especially since it was deliberately timed to drop on Good Friday.

Following a number of comments from angry customers stating that they will “never use” the site again, BetBright issued a formal apology.

“I wish to apologise for any offence it may have caused and would like to clarify that BetBright to not support and will not tolerate derogatory references of any manner made in any of our communications,” wrote BetBright’s marketing director Brian Farrell.

*It’s important to point out the some customers felt that the email from BetBright was “hilarious” and something that should be “applauded.”

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