Jennings in 'shock' over probe

Liverpool born midfielder denies any wrongdoing

Jennings: Ready to clear his name

Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings admits to being in 'shock' regarding betting patterns over the red card he picked up against Hearts at Fir Park on Tuesday.

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The 26-year-old has denied any wrongdoing after the Association of British Bookmakers were alerted to irregular betting patterns after a number of bets were placed on there being a red card during the Steelmen's 2-1 defeat.

The bookies were forced to pay out as Well's Jennings was booked during the game and later shown a straight red card after putting his hand on the official's shoulder and speaking to him about a rejected penalty claim.

Former Tranmere midfielder Jennings is understood to have asked the referee when he was going to stop 'cheating' Motherwell.

It is believed a number of bets, which originated in the Liverpool area, were placed on the SPL game at Fir Park, including one from a new account opened in Liverpool, where a £500 bet was placed at odds of 10/1.

No involvement

Jennings told the Scottish Sun: "I want to make it clear I had no involvement whatsoever in any betting scam. I want to clear my name as quickly as possible."

Motherwell chairman John Boyle stood by Jennings .

He said in the Daily Record: "I'd be amazed if Steve got himself involved in anything like that.

"I was in the dressing room after the match and the player was totally distraught.

"If that wasn't genuine emotion from him he is a better actor than Laurence Olivier. I think this whole thing is mischief-making.

"I'd be astonished by any allegations or implications."