Soccer players, jockey among 9 people found guilty of breaching rules in British horse probe

Associated Press

LONDON - Three professional soccer players are among nine people found guilty in a British horse racing scandal.

The investigation centred on allegations that jockey Andrew Heffernan fixed races between Nov. 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011.

Heffernan was found to have received bribes, given inside information and prevented three horses from running at their best.

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra and former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson were found guilty of offering bribes to Heffernan. Along with Doncaster midfielder James Coppinger, they were also found guilty of placing bets based on information provided by Heffernan that his horse would lose.

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