Exclusive: Danny Mills baffled by official statement on Everton player, moots rule change
Danny Mills has admitted he is baffled by the fine handed to Everton defender Yerry Mina for advertising a betting company considering the amount of sponsorship that comes from gambling.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that every player who plays for a club with a betting agency as their sponsor is advertising betting and that it is double standards to punish a player like Mina for advertising it individually.
As confirmed by Everton, the Colombian was handed a £10,000 fine for appearing in an advert for a betting company in his home country, breaching the rules set by the FA.
Mills suggests that the rules need to be changed to either ban all gambling advertising from football or to lift the restrictions on players advertising the likes of betting agencies individually.
Speaking about Mina’s punishment, Mills told Football Insider: “When you say you shouldn’t be advertising gambling, almost every club is advertised by a gambling or betting company.
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“Every single player that plays with any club (with a betting sponsor) is advertising gambling. It’s hard not to, your club is sponsored, so why shouldn’t you be allowed to? That’s what I don’t understand, an individual can’t do but a team can.
“It either needs to be a blanket ban or no ban at all.”
Mina’s punishment came following a number of mitigating factors, including the fact the centre back had admitted the breach of rules as soon as he was made aware it was against the regulations and that all money earned from the advert was paid to a charity.
The Colombian joined Everton last summer and has established himself as a mainstay at the heart of the defence alongside English international Michael Keane.