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WAYNE ROONEY'S FATHER CLEARED

23rd April 2012, 08:35pm

Wayne Rooney Snr: Faces no further action

Wayne Rooney Snr: Faces no further action

Wayne Rooney's father will face no further action over allegations of a football match betting scam, his solicitor said on Monday.

Wayne Rooney Snr was arrested when police swooped at his home in West Derby, Liverpool, last October.

Eight other people, including Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, 26, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

Merseyside Police said at the time the arrests were the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission into "suspicious betting activity" concerning a Scottish Premier League game between Motherwell and Hearts in December 2010.

Concerns 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 game, Jennings was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language.

However, on Monday Anthony Barnfather, solicitor for Mr Rooney Snr, confirmed that the police had told him that no further action would be brought against his client.

Mr Barnfather said: "Mr Rooney Snr has always vigorously denied the allegations and maintained his innocence throughout the investigation. He is delighted the matter has now concluded."

At the weekend, Jennings' solicitor also said his client would not face charges.

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