Ipswich Town striker Chopra charged with race-fixing
NINE people, including Ipswich striker Michael Chopra and jockey Andrew Heffernan have been charged in connection with race-fixing by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
Mr Chopra and four others have been charged with offering bribes to Mr Heffernan, a former British licensed jockey now riding in Australia.
Three other people have been charged with other breaches of the rules of racing, the BHA have announced. Two other footballers have also been charged along with Mr Chopra.
They are: Mark Wilson (33) a former Manchester United and England Under-21 international who spent most of his career at Doncaster and has been recently released by Oxford; and midfielder James Coppinger (31) also formerly at Doncaster but now on loan at Nottingham Forest.
All face bans from involvement with racing for several years if the charges are found proven.
None of the others charged are public figures. The charges relate to a period between November 2010 and March 2011.
All three footballers are charged by the BHA with conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets on a horse ridden by Heffernan.
Mr Chopra (28) and Mr Wilson are further charged with paying a bribe to the jockey. It is understood the police have been kept informed of the BHA's investigation but no criminal charges have been announced.
Heffernan faces five charges, including of preventing his horse from winning a race.