Former Premier League attacker Darren Bent has slammed Everton defender Yerry Mina after the Toffees player was fined by the FA.
The Colombian international was charged £10,000 by the English footballing body after appearing in a betting advert in his home country without knowing that it is prohibited by the FA for players within the Premier League to associate themselves to such off the field practices.
And Bent, who was recently interviewed by Football Insider, was asked about his thoughts on the fine, to which the former England international slammed Mina for his actions.
Bent said: “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.”
Mina became the second player this week in English football to be fined for breaching rules associated with betting by the FA, with Leeds United youngster Jordan Stevens receiving a six-week ban from all footballing activities for placing a reported 59 bets last season according to BBC Sport.
And Bent believes that Mina, who admitted that he was unaware that he was breaching FA rules and issued an apology at the earliest possible time as stated on Everton’s official website, had to be smarter when signing up to do such an advert.
The retired attacker said: “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?’”
The Everton centre-back is expected to start this weekend against Bournemouth, with Mina already playing every minute of Premier League football this season as numbers from Transfermarkt show.