Man attempted Morgan blackmail

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Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan was the target of a recent blackmail attempt, the England Cricket Board has announced.

The ECB said on Thursday it received an email from an Australian man demanding a “five-figure sum” to prevent him revealing details regarding a relationship Morgan had with a woman five years ago to newspapers in the UK and Australia.

ECB officials in Australia approached the man after discussions with the Metropolitan Police. The man concerned is currently in a relationship with the woman Morgan had a relationship with, and when confronted he admitted and apologised for his actions.

ECB managing director Paul Downton said: “We will not allow anyone to disrupt our team’s preparation or performance in the Tri Series and as we build up to the World Cup.

“I am pleased that this issue has now been brought to a swift conclusion.

“At this point we’d like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their advice, which assisted us in dealing with this in the swiftest possible manner.”

The man blamed jealousy for his threats towards Morgan and the ECB said it would not be taking any further action at this stage.

A statement read: “The ECB will not allow anyone to disrupt our team’s performance on the field of play.

“We are wholly focussed on winning cricket matches.

“This matter has now been brought to a conclusion and we will not be seeking further action against the individual at this stage.”

England are halfway through a Tri-Series with Australia and India as they continue to prepare for the World Cup, which starts on February 14.

Morgan scored 121 against Australia last week in his first one-day international since replacing Alastair Cook as captain last month, but w as unable to save England from a convincing defeat.

The Three Lions, however, bounced back with an excellent nine-wicket win over India on Tuesday ahead of a second match against Australia in Hobart on Friday.

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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