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British Horseracing Authority Accuse Michael Chopra Of Offering Bribes To Jockey

By Chris Wright

“Penalty? I’ll chuck you a fiver and a bag of lemon bon-bons?”

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra (government name: Rocky Michael Chopra) is one of three footballers who have been accused of offering bribes to jockey Andrew Heffernan following a lengthy investigation by the British Horseracing Authority.

Nottingham Forest’s James Coppinger and former Manchester United and England U21 midfielder Mark Wilson, who is currently without a club, are alleged to have colluded with Chopra in attempting to bribe 24-year-old jockey Heffernan to fix races.

All three men have been charged with conspiring to “commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice” under the rules of racing.

This from the Telegraph:

“If found guilty of the charges they face long bans from involvement with racing, including attending racecourses or talking to licensed individuals. The entry-level for the offences is a three-year ban.

“Heffernan, who is now based in Australia, faces five charges of corruption, including one of stopping a horse, one of accepting a bribe and two of breaking the rules regarding the use of inside information.

“If found guilty of stopping a horse – deliberately preventing it winning – he could be banned for eight years.”

Chopra has come clean in recent years about his crippling gambling addiction, admitting to having lost over £1 million (£20,000 a day at one point) over the course of a few years, and which has seen him admitted to rehab and the Sporting Chance clinic on several occasions.

Indeed, it’s even been reported that Ipswich have even agreed to pay a portion of his wages directly to his debtors to prevent him from spluffing it elsewhere.

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By Chris on October 4th, 2012 in Championship, FAIL. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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