- Horse racing
Jockey Ahern banned for ten years
Former West Bromwich Albion defender Neil Clement and jockey Eddie Ahern have been banned for 15 and ten years respectively by the British Horse Authority for breaching anti-corruption rules.
Earlier on Wednesday, the duo were found guilty of corruption, and the pair have now been hit with severe punishments as Clement was found "placing a lay bet on a horse which he then owned" and Ahern guilty of "communicating inside information for reward" and "failing to ensure a horse was run on its merits."
Group-one winning jockey Ahern was punished for breaking the rules in five of his races between September 2010 and February 2011. Evidence showed Ahern to have texted or called Clement 265 times over the period with Clement returning the favour 163 times up until November 2011.
Ahern's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said: "Eddie Ahern is absolutely devastated by the BHA Panel's findings. He did not breach the rules of racing as found by the panel or at all and he will be appealing both the findings as well as the very harsh penalties imposed on him."
Owner Clement retired from football in 2010 after beginning his career with Chelsea and enjoying the majority of his 14-year career at West Brom.