Everton centre back Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association, and warned over future conduct, after admitting a breach of the FA’s betting rules.
The 24-year-old Colombian international had appeared in a TV advert for betting company Betjuego back in his home country.
Breaches of FA betting rules can have serious consequences for professional footballers in England, with significant fines and bans being handed out to those in breach of the rules previously. However, in Mina’s case, the FA said that despite the seriousness of such a breach, the fine alone was “appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances”.
While guilty of a breach of the rules, the FA called the case “unusual” and recognised “strong mitigation put forward by the player and his club” which “significantly reduced Mina’s culpability”.
Firstly, his club expressed the fact that the 24-year-old’s command of the English language was limited, meaning he did not understand fully the information on betting. The advert he appeared in was entirely in his native Spanish, and broadcast only within Colombia – being removed from air as soon as Mina realised he had breached betting rules.
The Colombian defender also did not make a profit from the advert. His fee for appearing was donated to the Yerry Mina Foundation. He also admitted the charge at the earliest possible opportunity, and issued an apology for his mistake.
Mina joined the Toffees from Barcelona in August 2018. Since his arrival on Merseyside, the Colombian has made 17 Premier League appearances for Everton.