EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has blasted Everton defender Yerry Mina for his naivety after being handed a fine for advertising a betting agency in his native Colombia.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England forward says that the 24-year-old will have questioned whether his appearance in an advert for the gambling company was allowed under the Football Association’s rules and that the likes of his agent should have been advising him accordingly.

The FA confirmed that Mina had been fined £10,000 for his breach of the rules, with a number of mitigating circumstances meaning that he avoided a more severe punishment.

However, Bent has dubbed the 24-year-old “silly” for not questioning the legalities of his actions as a footballer and that others around him should have helped him avoid breaking the rules.

Bent told Football Insider: “I question the people around him who have allowed him to do this. Surely he himself will know the rules, people around him will know the rules. Unless he’s done it off his own back and no one’s told him or knew about it, you need to question people around him.

“If I were to have advertised gambling somewhere, I’d have had people in my ear telling me you can’t get away with that, you can’t do that. It’s silly from him, he’s been a professional player for a long time and he knows the rules.

“He’s got to be smarter than that and know you can’t do that. Even if he’s thinking: ‘Can I do this?’ that’s when you need to ask somebody. At some stage, he would have said to himself: ‘Am I allowed to do this?'” 

Mina struggled for game time in his first season at Goodison Park, playing just 15 times as injury, as well as the form of Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane, kept him on the sidelines.

He has started the 2019/20 campaign as a mainstay under Marco Silva, playing in all four of the Toffees’ Premier League games alongside England international Keane.

In other Everton news, Bent has told Football Insider that a “Comical” Toffees star has been “Really disappointing.”