Ipswich Town - Skint Chopra On Race Fixing Charge
UK time is: 20:28:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Skint Chopra On Race Fixing Charge

Statement from Michael Chopra

On the 4th October 2012, the British Horseracing Authority announced that they were charging me and others with breaches of the rules of horseracing. The charges are due to be heard at a two week inquiry, which commences on the 14th January 2013.

My legal advisors, having engaged with the British Horseracing Authority, have been advised that even if I`m found innocent of the charges, the British Horseracing Authority will not refund my legal fees, which I have been advised would be at least 50,000 for being represented at the inquiry.

I have extensive debts and loans and simply cannot afford the amount of money necessary to clear my name, with no prospects of ever recovering my costs. I am not a member of the British Horseracing Authority and not subject to its Rules. I have been advised that the British Horseracing Authority is only allowed under its Rules to take disciplinary a_ction against a person who is subject to those Rules, which does not include me.

Furthermore, I understand that the only sanction that the British Horseracing Authority could impose on me is to ban me from racecourses and gambling establishments licensed by it. It is well publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems. As of this year, I`ve voluntarily self-excluded myself from all betting institutions from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.

For the above reasons, I have decided not to present myself to the BHA enquiry.

I will be making no further comment on this matter at this stage.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dan The Town Man Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 9 2013

Time: 3:06PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Ipswich Town Articles

Mick McCarthy Says I Told You So! (Monday November 30 2015)

Put Your Money On A Town Score Draw! (Friday November 27 2015)

Will It Be Deja Vous Time At Charlton? (Thursday November 26 2015)

Is Sky The Limit For Ipswich Town? (Monday November 23 2015)

Home Draw Specialists Ipswich Town! (Sunday November 22 2015)

Jekyll & Hyde Ipswich Town (Sunday November 22 2015)

David McGoldrick Out With Groin Strain (Friday November 20 2015)

Mick McCarthy Faces Selection Headache (Thursday November 19 2015)

Tractor Boys Could Be On The Up Again! (Wednesday November 18 2015)

Blues Old And New Get Ireland Through! (Tuesday November 17 2015)

Archived Ipswich Town Articles

List All Vital Ipswich Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Hull City 18 10 5 3 16 35
5. Burnley 18 9 7 2 9 34
6. Birmingham 18 8 4 6 5 28
7. Ipswich 18 7 7 4 3 28
8. Sheff Wed 18 7 7 4 3 28
9. Reading 18 7 6 5 5 27
10. Cardiff 18 6 8 4 3 26

Ipswich Town Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Was Fernandez a pointless signing?
Reading : 30/11/2015 19:31:00
Clarke has lost the fans, has he lost the dressing room?
Reading : 30/11/2015 19:26:00
October and November Review- Rankings
Reading : 30/11/2015 19:10:01
LUFC Football League Release Agent Fees
Leeds Utd : 30/11/2015 19:00:00
October and November Review- Forwards
Reading : 30/11/2015 19:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do Town need another keeper?
Suggested By:  Frank Weston
Yes 65%
No 35%