Yerry Mina, a defender playing for English Premier League Team Everton, has received a fine a £10,000 fine by the Football Association (FA) for appearing in a TV advertisement promoting a gambling operator in his indigenous Colombia.
It was brought to the FA’s attention back in Ma this year that Mina had featured in an ad for Colombian operator Betjuego. The player was then charged in July with a violation of FA Rule E8(3), that states players under their jurisdiction are banned from advertising or encouraging betting activity.
Everton presented proof of mitigating conditions, noting that when explained to him at a FA lecture, the player had a restricted command of English and was therefore unable to comprehend data on constraints related to gambling.
In addition, it added, the advert was not shown outside of Colombia and was eventually taken out of broadcast at the player’s request after the FA charge.
Moreover, Mina did not personally benefit from the ad, with his appearance fee meant to be provided to the Yerry Mina Foundation, a charity he set up in Colombia in 2016 to assist disadvantaged kids.
While the FA admitted that it was “an unusual case” and acknowledged strong mitigating circumstances, given the seriousness of the breach, it felt that a warning alone was insufficient.
His regulatory committee decided that a fine was a suitable penalty, although the mitigating circumstances lowered the amount. The player was also warned about his future behavior in addition to the £ 10,000 fine.