Race-fixing verdict expected this week

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The race-fixing inquiry investigating nine people, including three footballers, has concluded with a verdict expected this week.

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra, Doncaster's James Coppinger and former Manchester United pro Mark Wilson have all been accused of "serious breaches of the rules of horse racing".

Jockey Andrew Heffernan is also one of the accused and charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The result of the inquiry will be made public on January 25th, according to a statement from the BHA.

Until the results are published, the authority has stated it will be making no further comment on the matter.

"Any necessary penalty hearings will also be heard on this date, with penalties to be published later that afternoon. Reasons for penalties will then follow in due course," the statement read.

Footballer Chopra made clear in the lead up to the case that he wouldn't be contesting the charges because he couldn't afford legal representation.

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