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Beckenham Boy
04-10-2012, 12:43 PM
Three footballers are among a group charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) over an investigation into "suspicious betting activity".

Ipswich's Michael Chopra, Nottingham Forest loanee James Coppinger, ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson and six others are accused of "serious breaches of the rules of racing".

Former licensed jockey Andrew Heffernan is also among those charged by the BHA.

The allegations focus on horses being bet on to lose on betting exchanges.

The BHA said races at the centre of the investigation took place between 1 November 2010 and 31 March 2011.

In addition to Chopra, Coppinger, Wilson and Heffernan, the BHA said five "unlicensed individuals", Paul Garner, Kelly Inglis, Yogesh Joshee, Douglas Shelley and Pravin Shingadia, had also been charged.

Heffernan is alleged to have "communicated directly or indirectly to one or more Betting Exchange account holders information relating to the prospects in the race of that horse".

The BHA said the "unlicensed individuals" were accused of "using information they had received directly or indirectly from the jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse".

Former Cardiff player Chopra, Garner, Joshee, Shelley and Wilson have also been charged with offering bribes to Heffernan.

Inglis is also charged with offering to receive a bribe or bribes from Chopra, Garner, Joshee, Shelley and Wilson.

Garner is also charged placing lay bets on horses trained by Alan McCabe.

If found guilty those accused face disqualifications from involvement in horse racing.

CommercialStone
04-10-2012, 12:50 PM
It's always BHA

Beckenham Boy
25-01-2013, 01:55 PM
All found guilty - penalties to be announced later today.