Martin Demichelis has been charged by the FA.

Martin Demichelis charged by the FA over betting offences

Published 2 Comments

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been charged with betting on games by the Football Association. 

The 35-year-old, who has been charged with 12 offences relating to betting between 22 and 28 January 2016, could face a fine or even a ban. Demichelis has until 5pm to respond to the charges. 

There's no suggestion that his activity relates to any of the games he's featured in this season with Manchester City.

Article continues below

Rules introduced to the game last season banned footballers and coaches from betting on matches, anywhere in the world.

Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, now with Newcastle, fell foul of the rules in 2013 and was handed a one-month betting ban, with a further three months suspended.

Article continues below

Former Newcastle ace Dan Gosling was fined £30,000 for breaching the betting laws, but was able to avoid a suspension.

A spokesman for the FA said: "The bottom line nowadays is that no footballer can bet on football matches anywhere."

Neither Manchester City or the player himself have publicly responded to the charges.


The defender's last appearance for the Citizens came in their 1-0 defeat against rivals Manchester United that has left their hopes of qualifying for the top four in the balance. Manuel Pellegrini's side are just one point ahead of the Red Devils in fourth place with eight games to go.

Demichelis' future at the club is in balance with Pellegrini on his way out in the summer, and he did his cause no favours when he was left bamboozled by young striker Marcus Rashford before the only goal in the Manchester derby.

Do you think footballers should be allowed to bet on football matches they're not involved in?

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Gnegneri Toure Yaya
Argentina Football
Manchester City
Sergio Aguero

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again