The law has haunted West Ham star, Andriy Yarmolenko far and wide as the 32-year old Ukrainian faces charges of misconduct thanks to an advertisement dating more than three years ago.
According to the Football Association, the winger/forward was sued “following an alleged incident of misconduct in relation to advertising and promoting a betting activity.”
The FA, under rule E8.5, prohibits players (in England) from promoting any betting activities that they shouldn’t engage in, and Yarmolenko’s advertisement is a probable breach of the stipulated rule.
Featuring members of the Ukrainian national team, the concerned advert was shot way back when the winger was still at Borussia Dortmund, and wouldn’t have caused a stir as he wasn’t involved in the EPL then.
But the commercial has shown up again recently, prompting the FA to take action against The Hammer’s number 7. Yarmolenko has two weeks (until February 18th) to address the allegations, failing which more stringent measures will be applied.
This comes at a time when West Ham cannot afford to lose a player (for whatever reason), as they are troubled by injuries and couldn’t get a new signing this winter.
He has scored four goals this season despite limited game time, and this was the opportune time for that to change, so Andriy will have to respond and end the case as soon as possible.