Jockey accused of holding mount back

December 19, 2012

A jockey, a former Premier League soccer player and four other men have been charged with serious breaches of horse racing rules in the latest corruption scandal to hit the sport in Britain.

The British Horseracing Authority says jockey Eddie Ahern is accused of holding back his horse during a race at Lingfield in January 2011. He's also accused of passing on inside information linked to four other races between September 2009 and February 2011.

Neil Clement, who played for West Bromwich Albion before becoming a registered racehorse owner, faces charges linked to the same races in which Ahern was racing. Clement is also accused of breaching rules by betting against his own horse in February 2011.

A disciplinary hearing will take place in late April or early May.