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Rooney's dad denies bets scam

Soccer star Wayne Rooney's father has vowed to clear his name after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in a football betting scam.

Mr Rooney's solicitor said his client "vigorously" denied the charges and was "co-operating fully" with the police investigation.

Wayne Rooney Snr (48) was bailed last night.

Anthony Barnfather, of Pannone solicitors who are representing Mr Rooney Snr, said: "Mr Rooney vigorously denies all of these allegations. We are co-operating fully with the investigation. No further comment will be made at this time."

Eight other people, including the Manchester United star's uncle, Richie (54) and Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings (26) were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

All nine have been bailed pending further inquiries until January next year.

Merseyside Police said the arrests related to "suspicious betting activity" during a match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14 last year.

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