Three British players are among the nine who have been charged with engaging in fraudulent betting practices, giving bribes at a British horse racing tournament called the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
According to the agency, three players: Ipswich striker Michael Chopra (who played for Newcaslte), Nottingham Forest midfielder, James Coppinger and former MU midfielder Mark Wilson and jockey Andrew Heffernan and 5 others have been sentenced of investigating coordination and giving bribes to win bets on horse races.
More significantly, the three players are all former players of the England national youth team and come from the training facilities of the big clubs in the Premier League, M.U and Newcaslte.
“After an investigation into suspicious betting activities on several racing horses, the UK horse racing authority charged 9 individuals with serious violations of the rules in horse racing betting”, a statement from BHA said.
According to Reuters, the allegations focused on bets placed on horses lost in races to win bets. Heffernan and 8 others (Chopra, Coppinger, Paul Garner, Kelly Inglis, Yogesh Joshee, Douglas Shelley, Pravin Shingadia and Wilson) violated (A) 41.2 of the racing rules when cooperating with others to set up. bet, cheat.
In it, Chopra and Wilson were convicted of bribery for Heffernan and bets were recorded at Lingfield, Kempton, Wolverhampton and Southwell. In addition, Heffernan is also forced to violate the rules (A) 36.1, (A) 33.4 and (B) 59.2 due to direct or indirect betting, to offer bribery, disclosure of horse information to people and deliberately restraining his racing horse to finish as desired.
Those will be summoned in a hearing and if convicted, the three players will be banned from going to racecourse and horse racing for at least 3 years.
Paul Scotney, a member of the BHA, told Reuters: “The investigation is really difficult and time-consuming. In addition, the relevant people refused to cooperate, so we had to contact the Supreme Court to get access to the mobile phone provider to clarify the calls and messages”.