Cricket ‘blackmail plot dealt with’

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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England one-day international cricket captain Eoin Morgan has been targeted in a blackmail plot, according to the sport’s governing body.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it w as contacted by a man demanding a five-figure sum before England’s tri-series match against Australia tomorrow.

The man was threatening to tell national newspapers about details of Morgan’s brief relationship with a woman from Australia five years ago.

The ECB said the individual – who is the woman’s current boyfriend – apologised for his actions when confronted.

Paul Downton, ECB managing director, 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 London Evening Standard reported that the man, from Hobart, Australia, is believed to have found a phone with details – including videos – of his partner’s relationship with the cricket star.

Mr Downton told the newspaper that the individual sent an email to the ECB which was ” a fairly deliberate attempt to extort a sum of money”.

According to the ECB, the man admitted sending the message because he was jealous.

The governing body said it was not seeking further action against him “at this stage”.

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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