Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Manchester City’s Martín Demichelis charged with misconduct over betting

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis has been charged by the Football Association over alleged betting offences in January.

The 35-year-old Argentina defender, who recently hinted he is ready to retire from international football, is accused of 12 breaches relating to football matches between 22-28 January this year, and has until 5 April to respond.

There is no suggestion that the charge relates to any of the games Demichelis has featured in this season, and an FA spokesman indicated the player is only accused of inappropriate betting activity, not match-fixing.

Since 2014 rules have been in force to prevent any professional player or coach betting on any worldwide football activity and Demichelis appears to have fallen foul of this umbrella ban, possibly placing bets on overseas games.

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