By Matt Farr
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback has been hit with a £25,000 fine for misconduct, the Football Association announced on Monday.
The 27-year-old has accepted a charge from the English governing body for breaching regulations on betting at the end of last season.
These new regulations were introduced in 2014, and prevent players and coaches from placing bets on any football activity worldwide.
The FA released the following statement: “The Newcastle United player breached FA Rule E8 in respect of a bet placed on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition on 16 March 2016.”
It is understood that the charge did not have any relation to a game which had any bearing on Newcastle’s fortunes – or misfortunes, as they were later relegated from the Premier League.
Colback is not the first professional star to be charged with misconduct relating to a betting charge.
Back in May, Argentine defender Martin Demichelis was fined £22,000 for placing as many as 29 bets on football matches whilst a Manchester City player.
Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty received a similar fine in April, while last year, Ipswich midfielder Teddy Bishop was fined £3,000.
Colback has been ever-present for Newcastle this season, making 11 appearances in the Championship. An eye injury saw him miss the defeat to Blackburn at the weekend, but he could return to face Hull in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
In other Newcastle news, experienced defender Jesus Gamez is set for a long period on the sidelines, according to a reliable journalist.