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British Arrest Nine For "Suspicious Betting Activity"

The British media is reporting that nine men have been arrested for suspicious betting activity and although the identities of the men have been kept private, media reports reveal that one football player is among those arrested.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association issued a statement that revealed the UK Gambling Commission reported that Steve Jennings of the football club Motherwell had been arrested.

The statement reads:

“This follows extensive enquiries in relation to alleged betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14, 2010."

"While the investigation involves several other individuals out with Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match."

“Motherwell is aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course. The Scottish Football Association will make no further comment at this stage."

While the Gambling Commission confirmed the arrest, it would not issue comment and instead referred interested parties tot he Merseyside Police website, which said:

"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

"The arrests are the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission and the nine who have been arrested for conspiracy to defraud are being interviewed by detectives."

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