Wayne Rooney’s Father, Uncle Arrested in Soccer Gambling Scandal


October 6, 2011

Wayne Rooney's Father, Uncle Arrested in Soccer Gambling ScandalWayne Rooney's family could be in trouble. According to the Daily Mirror, the father and uncle of the Manchester United star were arrested on Thursday as part of a nine-month investigation into a betting scam at a Scottish Premier League football game. Wayne Rooney, the soccer star's 48-year-old father, and Richie Rooney, his 54-year-old uncle, were among nine people arrested.

The alleged illegal gambling activity took place Dec. 14, 2010, during a Scottish Premier League game between Motherwell and Hearts. Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings was shown a straight red card for putting his hands on the referee and asking him when he would "stop cheating Motherwell." 

Several bets were made on the player being sent off including one for £500 ($784) at 10-1 odds made in a newly-opened account in Liverpool. The online betting company Blue Square and another member of the Association of British Bookmakers reported irregularities, which triggered the investigation. 

Jennings, a former Tranmere Rovers (a few miles from Liverpool) player, was arrested at his home in Glasgow, Scotland. Rooney Sr. was arrested at his Liverpool home.

In an immediate damage-limitation exercise, Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan released a statement saying no other games were affected. 

"While the investigation involves several other individuals out with Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match.

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