Martin Demichelis hit with betting charge
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been charged with misconduct in relation to betting by the FA.
An FA statement read: "It is alleged the player committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between January 22, 2016 and January 28, 2016. He has until 5pm on April 5, 2016 to respond to the charge."
A worldwide ban on betting on football came into force on August 1, 2014 for all those involved in the game.
Rule E8 states: "A Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on - (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters."
Players are also banned from knowingly providing inside information to any other person for the purpose of betting and from promoting betting activity.
City are making no comment but it is believed the alleged offences do not relate to any matches over which Demichelis could have had an influence.
He is not the first Premier League footballer to be charged with breaking betting rules. Newcastle's Andros Townsend, then at Tottenham, was given a four-month ban, three of which were suspended, and an £18,000 fine in 2013.
The same year Cameron Jerome, then of Stoke, was fined £50,000 after admitting breaching the regulations while then Newcastle ace Dan Gosling was fined £30,000 in 2014.
Demichelis played for Argentina in their World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia on Tuesday.