Man City’s Demichelis hit by betting charge

The Football Association has charged Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis over alleged betting offences.

The 35-year-old Argentine stands accused of 12 charges relating to matches that took place between 22 and 28 January 2016.

An FA statement read: “It is alleged the player committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between 22 January 2016 and 28 January 2016.”

Rule E8 states: “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.”

There was no suggestion that the offences relate to any of the matches Demichelis played for City, however.

Players and coaches are prevented from betting on any worldwide footballing activity, and can be fined or suspended if they contravene the rule, which came into force for the 2014-15 season.

Demichelis told ESPN Deportes he will only be able to comment after he meets with club officials.

“Obviously I can’t avoid the subject, but I hope everyone understands that later I will be able to talk more after I speak to the club lawyers,” he said. “I hope it is nothing serious and is something that can be resolved quickly.”