The Football Association (FA) has issued Everton defender, Yerry Mina with a warning over his future conduct and a £10,000 fine over breaching betting rules.
It comes after the governing body’s regulatory commission found that the Colombian had featured in an advertisement, promoting South American betting operator, Betjuego.
The FA emphasised that given the case presented a potential threat to the integrity of the game, a warning alone was not enough of a punishment. Deeming a fine as “appropriate and proportionate”.
A statement released by the FA said: “Yerry Mina has been warned as to his future conduct and fined £10,000 after admitting a misconduct charge in relation to the FA’s betting rules.
“The Everton FC defender breached FA Rule E8(3) by participating in an advertisement for betting activity which he is prohibited from engaging in.”
In response to the charges, Everton had underlined that the advert in question had only aired for around one month after 24-year-old Mina had demanded it be removed as soon as he was informed that he was in breach of the FA’s betting rules.
Mina not going to profit directly from the advert, as the fee was earmarked to go to the ‘Yerry Mina Foundation’ – a charitable organisation set up by YM in 2016 to help disadvantaged young people from his home town in Colombia.
The centre back, who has been prominent for Marco Silva’s side so far this season, playing in each of the club’s opening four fixtures, signed for Everton from Spanish giants, FC Barcelona at the beginning of last season for £28m following his World Cup heroics, which included an injury time equaliser against England.