Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis accepted 12 misconduct charges from the Football Association in relation to allegations he broke betting regulations on multiple occasions on April 5. On Wednesday, the English governing body fined him £22,058.
The FA sanctions were originally confirmed on March 30. The Argentina international allegedly "committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between 22 January 2016 and 28 January 2016."
Paul Kelso of Sky News provided further details of the alleged gambling breaches:
Understood Demichelis not suspected of match-fixing or gambling on games he played in. But under FA rules players cannot bet on any football— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) March 30, 2016
Demichelis betting thought to include overseas games and was flagged up to FA by betting operator via Gambling Commission— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) March 30, 2016
The defender was signed by City in the summer of 2013, and after a rocky start to life at the club, he gradually established himself as a fan favourite, helping the team win the Premier League and the League Cup in his debut term.
This season has been a difficult one for the veteran, with a spate of injuries at the back making City’s defence something of a revolving cast. Demichelis received a lot of criticism for his latest outing when he endured a torrid afternoon against local rivals Manchester United in a 1-0 defeat.
The 35-year-old has also enjoyed success with Bayern Munich, where he won four league titles, and he has represented his national side on 49 occasions.