Racing: Ex-jockey fined for interview

Wednesday 13 May 1998 23:02

WILLIE McFARLAND was yesterday fined pounds 750 by the Jockey Club. The former jockey had been summoned for providing material which may be prejudicial to the "integrity, proper conduct or good reputation" of British racing.

At the inquiry it was found he had committed a breach of Rule 220(iii) concerning the interview he gave to Brian Radford on 30 January this year which resulted in the publication of an article in the News Of The World on 8 February under the headline "I have made thousands out of bent races".

Having considered the evidence, including statements from McFarland from Radford, and the evidence of other witnesses, the committee found him to be in breach of the Rule by giving material to the journalist at the interview which he admitted contained ill-advised statements.

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