Following a lengthy investigation and prosecution by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), three professional footballers and a jockey have been found guilty of corruption. Current players Michael Chopra (Ipswich) and James Coppinger (Doncaster) and ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson have received bans from racing from three years up to ten years for breaching the BHA's rules. The prosecution centred around the placing of bets in 2010 and 2011 using inside information provided to them by the jockey Andrew Heffernan. The bans imposed apply to racecourses and training yards and prohibit any dealings with any BHA licensed individuals, although it is not thought that the sentences will have any effect on the football careers of the players involved.
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