Footballer faces racing charges
A former Scunthorpe schoolboy who went on to play for Manchester United has been charged with race fixing by the British Horseracing Authority.
Mark Wilson, 33, is accused of conspiring with seven others and jockey Andrew Heffernan to fix races.
The allegations focus 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 jockey Heffernan's riding of three horses – Wanchai Whisper, Gallantry and Silver Guest.
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Wilson is accused of conspiring with other people to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice as well as offering a bribe to Heffernan between the same period.
If found guilty, Wilson could face a ban from all involvement with racing for several years.
Wilson's case is not likely to be heard until early next year.