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Wayne Rooney’s Dad Arrested: News Round-Up

by | 7th, October 2011

WAYNE Rooney’s dad, Wayne Rooney Senior, has been arrested at his Liverpool home. Eight others have been arrested in light of an alleged football betting scam.

It is alleged that Motherwell’s Steve Jennings, also arrested, got himself sent off deliberately during a December 14, 2010 match against Herts. The player had already been booked when he harrassed the referee and earned a stright red card. Jennings allegedly asked O’Reilly when he was going to stop cheating his team. He then “gripped” the referee on the arm. Herts won the match 2-1.

Jennings, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, was sent off by referee Stevie O’Reilly seven minutes from time. The Mirror says he was in “Goodison Park club’s youth set-up for a short period at the same time as Wayne Rooney”.

The Association of British Bookmarkers spotted an irregular betting pattern, ranging from £200 to £500, on Jennings being red-carded. One bet, reportedly, came from “a new account opened in Liverpool…where £500 was staked at odds of 10/1”.

The news media reacts:

The front pages :

“Roon’s dad in footie bets quiz” Daily Star
“Rooney’s agony after dad arrested on match fixing A BOYL FROM THE BLUE” Daily Mirror
“Wayne your dad’s been nicked” The Sun

England are due to play Montenegro. The Express just goes with a pun: “YOU CAN BET WAYNE ROONEY WILL DO THE BUSINESS SAYS FABIO CAPELLO.” The Sun avgrees: “Will Wayne Rooney play? You bet”

The Guardian picks up on the Mirror’s “Wayne’s agony”, as it reports:

Wayne Rooney ‘relaxed’ and ready for England despite father’s arrest

England manger Fabio Capello tells media:

“Absolutely no problem. He’s calm, relaxed. He’s in a good moment of form and there will be no problems for the game. He’s told me he’s good, no problems. Over the last few days, he’s trained really, really well.”

The Daily Mail creates the headline to fit a theme:

Rooney rocked as father and uncle among nine arrested over SPL spot-fixing scam

The Mail sticks to

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