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Wayne Rooney's father cleared over bet probe

Wayne Rooney Sr and Steve Jennings
Image caption Wayne Rooney Sr and Steve Jennings will face no further action

The father of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will face no further action over allegations of a football betting scam, his solicitor has said.

Wayne Rooney Sr was one of nine men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud over bets placed on a game between Motherwell and Hearts in 2010.

Police have already dropped their case against Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, 26.

Mr Rooney's solicitor said his client would face no further action.

Anthony Barnfather, solicitor for Mr Rooney Snr, said: "Mr Rooney Sr has always vigorously denied the allegations and maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.

Client 'delighted'

"He is delighted the matter has now concluded."

The police investigation related to alleged betting irregularities surrounding the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts.

Concerns about the game, on 14 December 2010, were raised by the Association of British Bookmakers after a number of bets from the Liverpool area were placed on there being a sending off.

During the match Jennings, who had already been booked, was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language aimed at referee Stevie O'Reilly late in the 2-1 home defeat.

Merseyside Police previously said that the nine arrests were the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission into "suspicious betting activity".

Also held in the operation were Wayne Rooney's uncle Richie, 54, who was detained at his home in Norris Green, Liverpool, and a further six Liverpool men aged 22, 26, 29, 31, 36 and 68.

All the men were bailed pending further inquiries until this week when they were due to attend police stations to be informed whether charges would be brought.

The Gambling Commission said it had no comment to make about the developments.

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