Martin Demichelis charged by the FA over betting offences

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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.

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.

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.

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