Tuesday 17 October 2017

Wayne Rooney’s father arrested in match fixing investigation

Under investigation: Wayne Rooney's father has been confirmed as one of nine men arrested in a betting probe
Under investigation: Wayne Rooney's father has been confirmed as one of nine men arrested in a betting probe
Wayne Rooney in action for Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images
Wayne Rooney Snr pictured last year. Photo: PA
Arrested: Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings. Photo: Getty Images

Paul Keaveny

WAYNE Rooney's father was one of nine men arrested today as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity, sources said.

Wayne Rooney Snr, 48, and the footballer’s uncle Richie, are among a group of nine people, including a Scottish Premier League footballer, arrested over allegations of a football betting scam.



Mr Rooney was arrested at his West Deby home on Merseyside.



The arrests were carried out across Liverpool and Glasgow this morning and relate to a game between Motherwell and Hearts in Scotland last December.



The Rooney’s were later released on bail.



Scottish Premier League footballer Steve Jennings was also among those detained as part of the probe.



Jennings, who is from Merseyside, was sent off late in the game for directing foul and abusive language at the referee as his side lost 2-1. This allegedly impacted on the result.



But Jennings denies any wrongdoing.



A spokesman for Merseyside Police told Sky News: "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 arrests are the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission and the nine who have been arrested for conspiracy to defraud are being interviewed by detectives.’’



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