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Rooney senior vows to clear name

Wayne Rooney's father has vowed to clear his name after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in a football betting scam.

Mr Rooney's solicitor said his client "vigorously" denied the charges and was "co-operating fully" with the police investigation.

Wayne Rooney Snr, 48, was bailed pending further inquiries after being detained earlier when police swooped at his home in West Derby, Liverpool.

Anthony Barnfather, partner at Pannone solicitors who are representing Mr Rooney Snr, said in a statement: "Mr Rooney vigorously denies all of these allegations. We are co-operating fully with the investigation. No further comment will be made at this time."

Eight other people, including the Manchester United star's uncle, Richie, 54, and Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, 26, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

Richie Rooney was detained at his home in Norris Green, Liverpool, while Jennings was arrested at his Glasgow home and brought to a Merseyside police station for questioning.

The other suspects are a 22-year-old from Kirkdale, a 26-year-old from Croxteth, a 29-year-old from Bootle, a 31-year-old from Litherland, a 68-year-old from Fazakerley, and a 36-year-old from Kirkby.

All nine have been bailed pending further inquiries until January next year.

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

The investigation relates to a match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14 last year.


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