LONDON (AFP) – Everton defender Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 (S$17,060) after admitting to a Football Association misconduct charge in relation to betting rules, English football's governing body said on Tuesday (Sept 10).
In a statement, the FA said that Mina was fined for "participating in an advertisement for betting activity which he is prohibited from engaging in", a television advertisement for gambling company Betjuego in his home country of Colombia earlier this year.
The FA Regulatory Commission revealed that all the money Mina received for the advert was donated to his charitable foundation, which was set up by the former Barcelona centre-back in 2016 to help disadvantaged young people back home.
It was also confirmed the 24-year-old requested the ad to be removed as soon as he was informed that he was in breach of FA rules, while he ended his association with the betting company in May.
Stringent rules are in place over sports betting in order to prevent match-fixing and spot-betting.
Earlier this year, former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, now playing for Trabzonspor, was fined £75,000 and handed a six-week suspension after being found guilty of breaching different betting rules.