LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Wayne Rooney’s dad, Wayne Rooney Sr., and his uncle, Richie Rooney, have been arrested by police. Soccer sensation Wayne Rooney Jr. (Manchester United) has yet to comment about the news. The matter concerns an alleged soccer betting scam.
Wayne Rooney Sr. and Richie Rooney were among the nine persons detained in the early morning hours today. Police confirm to news that the matter is the results of nearly a year long investigation. Wayne Rooney, Sr., 48, and Richie Rooney, 54, were brought in by Merseyside and Glasgow. All nine person were arrested this morning. A statement SFA chief executive Stewart Regan confirms to news that the matter followed an eight month investigation.
Merseyside Police issued the following statement today: “Detectives have today executed warrants at 10 addresses across Merseyside and Glasgow and arrested nine men as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity.”
Of the persons arrested today, their ages ranged from 26 to 68. “The investigation relates to a match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14 2010″ said the Merseyside Police news statement.
“While the investigation involves several other individuals outside Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match” Regan said in a news statement. “Motherwell FC are aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course. The Scottish FA will make no further comment at this stage.”
Recently, Rooney said that he wants Man United to win this season. It remains unclear to what extent today’s developments will distract his play on the field. “When you’re at a club like Manchester United you pretty much know what the goals are. We want to win the Premier League, the Champions League and both the domestic cup competitions.” He added “Obviously, sometimes you fall short of that, but at United you’ve got to keep striving for it.” In August, Rooney delivered a hat trick to help Man United win against Arsenal.
In 2005, Richie Rooney ran the Croxteth Amateur Boxing Club. When interviewed by Guardian that year, Richie said Wayne Jr. had boxed but never competed. “He was very good. He’s a strong lad, Wayne. But Everton told his mother and father that they didn’t want him to box, just to concentrate on his football.”
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