It took racing officials in England about two years to put the whole picture together but finally they resolved a racing scandal with the convictions of a jockey, three professional soccer players, and five “unlicensed individuals.”
Jockey Andrew Heffernan was found guilty of receiving bribes, giving inside information and preventing his horses from running their best races.
Soccer players Michael Chopra of Ipswich, a former member of the Newcastle and Cardiff teams and ex-Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson were suspended for 10 years for offering Heffernan bribes, while Doncaster player, James Coppinger, was banned for three years for wagering on information received from Heffernan.
“The findings of the disciplinary panel confirm that an elaborate network of corruption has been identified and successfully prosecuted,” said racing official Adam Brickell, according to a report from the AP’s Steve Douglas.
“Investigations of this scale are extremely complex, especially when we are faced with a lack of cooperation, evasion, and untruthful accounts from many of those being investigated,” the official said.
The races involved took place between Nov. 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011.
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