Footballers found guilty in race-fixing probe

Michael Chopra has suffered from personal problems in the past. Photo: PA

Footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger have been found in breach of the Rules of Racing following the outcome of a British Horseracing Authority investigation into alleged corruption.

Chopra was found in breach of committing corrupt and fraudulent practices and offering a bribe, while Coppinger was found guilty of corrupt and fraudulent practices.

At the centre of the investigation were charges relating to former Flat jockey Andrew Heffernan, who has most recently been riding in Australia.

Heffernan was found in breach of all charges brought against him by a BHA disciplinary panel, which published its results on Friday after a hearing that started on January 14 and lasted four days.

Along with Ipswich striker Chopra and Doncaster midfielder Coppinger, former England Under-21 international Mark Wilson was another to face charges.

Wilson, like Chopra, was found in breach of committing corrupt and fraudulent practices and offering a bribe.

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.