Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis receives a £22,058 betting fine

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Manchester City centre-back Martin Demichelis has received a £22,058 fine from the Football Association for coming in breach of their strict betting regulations, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentine placed a total of 29 bets on football matches between the end of January and mid-February.

The 35-year-old has played largely a backup role for City's star-studded defence this season, consisting of Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolás Otamendi and Vincent Kompany, which has seen him start just ten games in the 2015/16 Premier League season.

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The FA introduced new betting rules at the start of the 2014/15 season, which saw all forms of gambling on football related activities banned for players and coaches.

Demichelis, however, is not the first player in recent months to be fined for betting, as East Thurrock United player Lewis Smith received a £22,865 fine and was also suspended from all football and football related activity until 1 August 2017.

The Argentine seems to have been let off lightly, with just a slight cut from one of his ludicrous pay-cheques, having seen a player in a much lower league receive a ban from football altogether.

Demichelis should have received a ban if the FA are looking to set strict guidelines on gambling within football as a small fine does not accomplish anything when footballers are earning six-figure sums of money every single week.

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The ban was not received by the player, as he was not directly involved in the games which he staked money on, although this should still warrant a ban of some sort.

Andros Townsend, who recently received an England call-up, was given a four-month ban and an £18,000 fine three years ago whilst still at Tottenham Hotspur.

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