It was a complete shock to me. I can’t believe it
Wayne Rooney’s (25) father and uncle have been arrested in connection with an alleged football betting scam.
The Manchester United star’s father Wayne Snr (48) and uncle Richie (54) were among a group of nine suspects who were arrested in raids in Glasgow and Merseyside. The raids follow a nine month investigation by the Gambling Commission, the Irish Daily Star reported.
British police are investigating allegations that footballer Steve Jennings (26) deliberately got himself dismissed from a game against Hearts so people who had placed bets on him getting sent off could cash in. The Motherwell player was arrested at his Glasgow home but was freed on bail Thursday night. Jennings and Rooney were part of the same squad at Everton between 1996 and 1998.
Wayne Snr and Richie were questioned for several hours before being released on bail until January pending further investigations. Anthony Barnfather, lawyer for Wayne Snr, said: “Mr Rooney vigorously denies all of these allegations. We are co-operating fully with the investigation.”
Wayne, due to play to play in a European Championship qualifier tonight, told a pal: “It was a complete shock to me. I can’t believe it.” His pal added: “Wayne knew nothing about any of this. He doesn’t know what his dad and uncle are claimed to have done.”