The Athletic have revealed that two former professional footballers have been accused of blackmail by a manager who “bet £879,000” in just two years.
Hold on, this isn’t a typical F365 news story.
This includes a court case that was dropped on Friday after the manager in question made it clear he did not wish to proceed.
Former Nottingham Forest and Leicester City defender Alan Rogers (pictured above) has been charged with one count of racketeering. Another charge was brought against him for perverting the course of justice.
The second player was Stephen Jennings, a former Everton academy producer who had spent most of his career with Tranmere Rovers. He faced the same charges in addition to other extortion charges.
The two have denied the charges and they are now dropped after the director has tried to stop the case all this year.
Athletic was the only port that could access the enclosure and They learned some unusual details.
They revealed that the manager placed bets worth £879,000 over two years resulting in a £270,000 loss.
The manager – who was “addicted to gambling” – had “up to eight betting accounts” and “a handful of his bets are said to be football related”.
But perhaps the most ridiculous revelation was that the informant in charge of the case and his son, were invited by the director to “watch one of his team’s matches.”
This investigator was later removed from the case, but the prosecution attorney argued that he should remain involved because he “did not request or use match tickets”. He also “spent a significant amount of time forming a ‘relationship of trust’ with the complainant.”
The director insisted at various points this year that he wants to drop the case because he “wants to move on with his life” and move on.
He wouldn’t get his wish, however, as Rogers insisted he would “sue” the manager because he “wanted to get every penny he lost” in legal fees back:
“I have no idea how he was dragged into this,” said Rogers, “that is the honest truth of God.” the athlete after the hearing.
“I have to be careful what I say because I’m going to throw the book at him (the director).
“I have never met this young man, never spoken to him, never worked for his company, never been in contact with him, and somehow I was drawn into his addiction to gambling.
“I’m going to sue him now. This cost me between £85,000 to £100,000 in legal fees for something I had never known. I knew it was going to be thrown out of court.
“I put a £100,000 deposit on file with my solicitor and want to get every single penny I lost back.
“I will sue him and I will throw every extra penny I have towards hitting him from every angle.
“I will also challenge anonymity because I was named in public when I did absolutely nothing. It’s actually a comedic, but the last few years have been a nightmare.”
Understandably, until he cannot be identified, the report does not reveal whether the manager is still involved in football.
This case involved “years of detective work” and was expected to go to trial until the director changed his mind.
A series of delays is said to have delayed the case and the Crown Prosecution Service was “criticised” over its handling of a situation that had a “long and difficult history”.
We will provide status updates if new details emerge.