The English Football Association (FA) has announced that Arsenal's technical analysis coach, Marcelo Martins, and Aston Villa's head of performance analysis, Tony Coton, have been charged with breaching betting regulations.
The charges relate to alleged breaches of the FA's Betting Rules, which prohibit individuals involved in football from placing bets on matches or competitions in which they are involved or have any influence.
The FA has stated that the charges do not relate to any specific matches or competitions, and that both Martins and Coton have until 4 February to respond to the charges.
Arsenal have issued a statement saying that they are aware of the charges against Martins and are cooperating with the FA's investigation. Aston Villa have yet to comment on the matter.
The charges against Martins and Coton are a reminder of the strict rules and regulations surrounding betting in football. The FA takes such breaches very seriously and has been proactive in investigating and punishing individuals who break these rules.
Football is a sport that is built on integrity and fair play, and any actions that undermine these principles are not acceptable. The FA will continue to work to ensure that the game is played and officiated in a fair and transparent manner, and that those who breach the rules are held accountable for their actions.