Motherwell's Steve Jennings cleared in betting probe

By John BarnesBBC Scotland
Steve Jennings was dismissed against Hearts at Fir Park

Police investigating alleged betting irregularities have dropped their case against Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings.

Jennings was one of nine men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud over bets placed on a game between Motherwell and Hearts in 2010.

Jennings, who had already been booked, was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language aimed at referee Stevie O'Reilly in the 2-1 defeat.

He had denied any wrongdoing.

Jennings's solicitor Nick Melville told BBC Scotland: "We've received information from Merseyside Police today that in relation to Mr Jennings there'll be no further action.

"Mr Jennings stated from the outset that he's had no involvement whatsoever with any criminal activity and this vindicates his stance throughout."