Alleged Scottish Football ‘Match-Fixing’, Manchester England

Published Thursday, October 06, 2011 -

Wayne Rooney's dad, 48, was arrested at his home in the West Derby area of Liverpool due to an investigation into a betting scandal in Scottish football. Also arrested was Rooney Junior’s Uncle Richie, 54. This makes to date a total of nine men who were questioned and detained by police in Merseyside and Glasgow, about the alleged ‘match-fixing’ of the Scottish Premier League, SPL, betting scam. The Rooney pair was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

The arrests are the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission. The nine who have been arrested for conspiracy to defraud are being interviewed by detectives. Merseyside Police have said: 'Detectives have today executed warrants at 10 addresses across Merseyside and Glasgow and arrested nine men as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity.’

The investigation relates to a match between Motherwell and Hearts in 2010. Wayne Rooney Junior is currently in Montenegro with the England team preparing to play in Friday's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier as the probe into the betting scandal continues.

Another one of the men arrested was Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings. Chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, Stewart Regan confirmed that Jennings was arrested at his home by Merseyside Police on Thursday. Regan says the development comes after 'extensive enquiries' into alleged betting irregularities in the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14th last year. Jennings, who is still with Motherwell, has been centre of attention since bookies spotted suspicious betting patterns surrounding the match, which was shown on live TV.

“While the investigation involves several other individuals,” Regan said, “it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match. It was noted that Motherwell FC are aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course. The Scottish FA has made no further comment at this stage.

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