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Mina could be in hot water over betting ad

| Friday, 10 May 2019 26comments  |  Jump to last
Yerry Mina faces possible censure by the Football Association for starring in an advert for a Colombian sports betting company according to a report by El Tiempo.

Mina's association with the betting firm contravenes Section E (8-3) of FA rules that state: “It is not allowed, when acting in a personal capacity, to publicise or promote any betting activity related to football.”

The punishment that the governing body could levy against the defender range from a heavy fine on the more lenient end to a lifetime ban on the more extreme.

Neither Mina nor Everton have yet commented on the allegations.

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Simon Smith
1 Posted 10/05/2019 at 00:39:40
If Mina is banned in any way for this he should be docked his wages, absolutely stupid.
Peter Gorman
2 Posted 10/05/2019 at 01:43:02
Bit of an odd rule - can't do it in a personal capacity (like other players endorsing anti-dandruff shampoo or effing face moisturizer) but the whole team can collectively promote SportPesa?
Fran Mitchell
3 Posted 10/05/2019 at 03:22:22
Exactly Peter, ridiculous. If it was making a bet, that's one thing. But to punish endorsement, when the thing that bankrolls the PL is Sky and co, and each of these flood each and every game with amillion and ten adverts.

Either ban it, or allow it.

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 10/05/2019 at 04:39:32
The FA must be run by bloody comedians, the best you can say about them is; don't do as we do, do as we say.
Unless of course he was having a bet on a certain CL Finalist in which case he deserves all he gets...errr, yeah.
David Pearl
5 Posted 10/05/2019 at 05:47:42
Peter nailed it as has everyone so far. If he doesn't know any better however his agent should.
Drew O'Neall
6 Posted 10/05/2019 at 06:19:24
Who the heck is his agent?! The agent should be sacked and sued and if he is banned for life Everton should sack and sue the player. Mind boggling, albeit a stupid rule which I doubt the FA will want to draw too much attention to.
Bobby Mallon
7 Posted 10/05/2019 at 06:35:31
How can we be allowed to endorse a be
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 10/05/2019 at 06:59:05
The stupidity of the rule is irrelevant.

What's relevant is the stupidity of letting the player you represent break the rule for a little extra money when he's the highest-paid player in the Prem per minute played. (I am assuming this opportunity came in through the agent, and isn't just Mina helping out a pal back home.)

Mina's on £120,000/week, joint highest on the club. He made 14 appearances, playing just 935 minutes. That's £6674 per minute. Bet he made about ten minutes' salary off this deal.

His Rio-based agent, GMRsports, represents exactly one top player -- Mina -- and a handful of unknowns. Must be amateur hour down there.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Tony Everan
9 Posted 10/05/2019 at 09:21:12
Who is advising Yerry ?

The betting is that whoever it was were taking a nice cut for themselves.

Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 10/05/2019 at 10:49:10
I disagree, it is not about being stupid or poorly advised, it's about double standards. If it's wrong then it's wrong for all but making laws not to advertise a legal business by individuals while allowing your corporate members so to do is just hypocrisy.
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 10/05/2019 at 10:53:20
Maybe Mina put a ton on himself actually playing 10 games between now and the end of the year and someone clearly didn’t have a sense of humour lol
Kim Vivian
12 Posted 10/05/2019 at 10:58:44
Agree with every one of these comments - but Mike Gaynes...that is eye watering. That 'per minute' stat would equate to over £600,000 per 90 min game!!!! Why does he even need to bother?

My head's spinning. Jeez - Football these days...

Peter Mills
13 Posted 10/05/2019 at 16:06:58
Mike#8 (para 3). Bet you he didn’t! (See how effective these endorsements are).
Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 10/05/2019 at 16:20:53
This "rule" is a joke. Mina should have known the rule and not done the ad, but it's a certifiably stupid rule.

Betting companies can sponsor entire teams, but individual players can't advertise for them? Why? The League will take the money as will the teams, but an individual can't profit off the exact same thing / companies / vehicles as the teams and league? Dumb.

It reminds me of our drinking age laws here in the USA. You can't legally drink alcohol until you're 21 years old. But you can be drafted and have bullets shot over your head in war at 18?

Mike - yes the rule is irrelevant in respect to Mina and this circumstance. But application and validity of rules and regulations, and discussion thereof, is never irrelevant. Leagues should always review and analyze their rules and regulations. I hope they look at this one because it's incredibly ironic teams can allow gambling outfits to pump money to teams, but players in the league aren't afforded the same financial potential.

Surely you see the double standard, and that double standard is relevant and worthy of discussion?

Jamie Crowley
15 Posted 10/05/2019 at 16:26:42
The proper reprimand for breaking this inane rule, would be to fine Mina the exact same amount he was compensated for doing the ad.

But we're Everton. He'll get a ban. If this was any player from the "Top 6" they'd get a slap on wrist.

Brace yourself for yet another double standard with the pending punishment!

Derek Knox
16 Posted 10/05/2019 at 19:46:35
While I agree that his agent must be a greedy b**tard and ignorant into the bargain, the same can be said of Mina.

Like Mike Gaynes pointed out, the ridiculous money this guy is on for minutes actually played is immoral, but to voluntarily get involved in any form of advertising, smacks of pure greed and is representative of all that is wrong with football these days.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 10/05/2019 at 20:01:28
Footballers are cash-cows, I saw an article about Salah, being in Penny Lane, the day after Liverpool lost in Barcelona, to do some filming for an advertisement, and thought why?

I know they are only young men, but surely Salah, should have been resting, unless he’s going to spend the money he earned on taking a few Liverpool fans to Madrid!

Not a dig at Liverpool, but something has got to be done about these governing bodies, and the atrocious ticket allocations they are giving to the fans. Arsenal and Chelsea, are both going to get 6000 tickets each, which is really sickening when you stop and think about it.

Chris Leyland
18 Posted 10/05/2019 at 21:34:46
Mina looks good value at ‘only’ £6,674 per minute. At the end of Feb, according to a number of newspapers, Alexis Sanchez had cost Man U £16,601 per minute this season and Marcus Rojo had cost £7,692. I think that it’s a safe bet that Sanchez has now cost them even more when you factor in the games he hadn’t played in since then. I might see if Mina can get me good odds with his bookie mates on Sanchez winning the cost per minute trophy.
Jay Wood

19 Posted 10/05/2019 at 23:26:12
Very timely. The BBC today put up a very good video of how gambling in Africa is sucking in underage punters. Well worth checking out alongside this story:


It highlights the insidious creep of both African betting firms (our very own Sportspesa and Everton of course get a mention) and UK firms, with no one really bothered about ensuring kids under-18 simply don't start the habit so young.

Given Mina's 'crime', it's interesting to see in the BBC video Arsenal players appearing in one betting promo video, whilst Spurs players - including the very high profile Harry Kane - appear in big billboard ads promoting betting.

The opening post doesn't mention if the FA is investigating Mina. If it is confirmed they are, I wonder how consistent they will be in looking at the BBC video and following up with Arsenal and Spurs players?

Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 10/05/2019 at 23:43:09
Jay- I talked about this with links to an old Guardian article when the Sport Pesa deal began. It is a major social/economic problem affecting communities in Africa.
Frank Wade
21 Posted 11/05/2019 at 00:24:00
We can all see how gambling is overtaking alcoholism and drug addiction as the modern scourge of the people. It's very disappointing to see so many clubs sponsored by betting companies, not to mention the volume of ads for gambling during matches on TV. Could never balance the contradictory roles of EitC with the SportsPesa sponsorship.

If Mina is guilty, then so are every club with gambling promotion on their shirts, but hey, Sky are pumping in the cash they get from SkyBet, so it's a merry go-round. The players get filthy rich and the mental well being of the public continues to suffer. The FA have their rules, but this is a million miles from a Tony Kay situation.

Don Alexander
22 Posted 11/05/2019 at 00:58:43
Jay Wood (#19) take a bow for hi-lighting the chronic miasma being spread across so many children in Africa and beyond by the illusion of achieving wealth through gambling. It's a disgrace, and our association with our main sponsors Sportpesa is accordingly abominable given their business practices in Africa.

Still, football being corrupt to the core, who among us fans really gives a toss about the hopeless lives of desperately impoverished children here and overseas whilst the many no-marks infesting Finch Farm peruse the brochures seeking out their next state-of-the-art home/car/holiday/bling or whatever?

Mark Andersson
23 Posted 11/05/2019 at 01:09:51
More maddness confirmed...

Im not a betting man but any addiction that needs feeding can easily lead into crime...

Jack Convery
24 Posted 12/05/2019 at 16:21:43
Anyone see the BBC report about African kids as young as 7 / 8 an upwards, betting on PL matches - Sports Pesa got a mention as did BET 365. Didn't look good as its not good. EFC need to talk to Sports Pesa and get them to put more safe guards in to stop the kids doing it. The kids are using the school fees money to bet - not good.
Alan Maher
25 Posted 12/05/2019 at 18:16:51
Some interesting facts in the below article about Sky and betting ads..

Jerome Shields
26 Posted 13/05/2019 at 08:12:14
How stupid? Should have been concentrating on his football and recovery. Missing his bonuses and his agent trying to make them up. The punishment could be severe, given Everton's history with the Premier League administration. They won't be putting any effort fighting the case with Uefa if it is true.

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