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Nine Arrested Over Suspicious Betting on Scottish Soccer

October 06, 2011

(Adds bail report in second paragraph.)

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Nine men were arrested today as part of a probe of suspicious betting patterns in a Scottish Premier League soccer match. The father of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was among those questioned, Sky Sports News said.

A spokeswoman for the Merseyside Police Department in the greater Liverpool area could not confirm the involvement of Wayne Rooney Sr. Sky Sports reported the 48-year-old was released on bail after being arrested at his home in West Derby, Liverpool.

The arrests in Liverpool and Glasgow relate to a match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14, 2010, Merseyside Police said in a statement on its website, without providing further details.

Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings was arrested at his home in Glasgow today as part of the probe, the Scottish Football Association said in a statement on its website. The Liverpool native received a second yellow and was dismissed after complaining to referee Stevie O’Reilly in the 82nd minute of Motherwell’s 2-1 loss to Hearts.

“While the investigation involves several other individuals outwith Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match,” SFA Chief Executive Officer Stewart Regan said in the statement. “Motherwell F.C. are aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course. The Scottish F.A. will make no further comment at this stage.”

None of the arrested men, who range in age from 22 years to 68 years, were identified in Merseyside Police’s statement.

--Editor: Christopher Elser

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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