Chopra verdict due on Friday

  • Last Updated: January 24 2013, 18:04 GMT

Results of a British Horseracing Authority investigation into alleged serious breaches of the rules of Racing involving footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger among others are set to be published on Friday.

Michael Chopra: Charged by BHA

Ipswich Town striker Chopra and Doncaster Rovers midfielder Coppinger, along with former Under-21 international Mark Wilson, are among nine people facing charges involving the alleged activities of former Flat jockey Andrew Heffernan.

The allegations centred on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in races that took place between November 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011.

The charges relate to Heffernan's riding of three horses - Wanchai Whisper, Gallantry and Silver Guest.

All nine are accused of conspiring with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice.

The BHA said its disciplinary panel would announce its results at midday, with any further argument surrounding any penalties to be heard immediately afterwards.

The hearing began on January 14 at BHA headquarters in London and although 10 days had been set aside, it concluded in just four days.


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