Wayne Rooney's father arrested in betting probe

October 6, 2011 - 7:40 AM
Britain Scottish League Betting Scandal

In this Friday Feb. 12, 2010 file photo, Wayne Rooney, father of Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, is seen arriving at Manchester Mercantile Court, Manchester, England. The elder Rooney has been arrested as part of an investigation into betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League match. Police say Thursday, Oct. 6, 2012 that eight other men, including Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, were also arrested in the probe. (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney's father has been arrested as part of an investigation into betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League football match.

Police did not name the suspect but offered details of the arrest in response to a question about the elder Rooney, who is also called Wayne.

The younger Rooney, who plays for Manchester United and England's national soccer team, has not been implicated in the investigation.

The investigation focuses on a match between Motherwell and Hearts on Dec. 14. Police say eight other men, including Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, were also arrested in the probe.

The investigation is centered on a player receiving a red card in the match. Jennings was sent off with eight minutes remaining.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The Scottish Football Association says Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings has been arrested in relation to "betting irregularities" in the Scottish Premier League.

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan says the soccer body "has received notification from the Gambling Commission that (Jennings) was arrested at his home today by Merseyside Police" in Liverpool, England.

Regan says the arrest is in connection with a league match between Motherwell and Hearts on Dec. 14, 2010. But he says "the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match."

Regan says Motherwell is aware of the arrest and will comment later.

Jennings is English.