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Rooney's dad in scam arrest

MANCHESTER United star Wayne Rooney’s father has been arrested by police investigating an alleged betting scam.

Rooney’s father, Wayne Snr, was held along with the star’s uncle, Richie.

It is believed that police investigating an alleged Scottish Premier League betting scam arrested Wayne Rooney Snr (48) at at his home in Liverpool today.

He was one of nine detained in swoops by police in Merseyside and Glasgow.

English police are investigating a bizarre betting scam which followed the sending off of a player in the Scottish Premier League (SPL).

Steve Jennings (26) was sent off in an SPL clash for Motherwell against Hearts. Afterwards bookies recorded that an unusually high number of bets had been placed on Jennings getting a red card.

After being booked for a foul early on in the game, Jennings was shown a straight red card for putting his hand on referee Stevie O’Reilly and arguing when a penalty appeal was turned down in the 83rd minute.

Jennings is alleged to have asked O’Reilly when he was going to stop “cheating” Motherwell. But questions were raised by bookies when it emerged that several bets were made on a player being sent off – including a £500 gamble placed through a new account opened in Liverpool at 10/1 odds.

Two members of the Association of British Bookmakers, including online betting company Blue Square, reported concerns the day after the match.

In a statement, Scottish Footbal Association chief executive Stewart Regan attributed the information to the Gambling Commission and said the arrest follows “extensive inquiries” into alleged betting irregularities at an SPL match.

Mr Regan added: “While the investigation involves several other individuals outside Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match.

“Motherwell FC are aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course.”