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Soccer Players Caught Up In UK Race Fixing Allegations
In sensational news out of the UK, two leading soccer players, Michael Chopra & James Coppinger, are among 9 individuals being charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), reports guardian.co.uk. Attracting potential lengthy bans, the charges relate to "serious breaches of [racing's] anti-corruption rules. The charges stem from an "investigation into suspicious betting patterns on a number of races at Britain's four all-weather racecourses between November 2010 and March 2011." Of the 9 races under scrutiny, 4 were at Southwell, three at Lingfield and one each at Wolverhampton and Kempton. In three of the events, jockey Andrew Heffernan (the only registered person involved) "is alleged to have intentionally 'stopped' his horse, knowing that it had been laid to lose on a betting exchange. The horses concerned were Wanchai Whisper, who finished second at 9-2 in a handicap at Lingfield on 28 January 2011; Gallantry, sixth of eight at 11-1 in a handicap at Kempton on 2 February 2011; and Silver Guest, last of nine when 6-1 for a minor race at Lingfield on 9 February 2011." A date for the hearing is yet to be set.