Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's father and two other members of his family have been arrested in connection with the investigation into betting irregularities that has also seen Motherwell's Steve Jennings taken into custody.
Rooney senior, 48, was arrested at his home in the West Derby area of Liverpool, while uncle Richie, 54, has also been detained, according to the Daily Mirror.
Later, it was revealed that cousin Thomas was also being questioned. Merseyside Police have since confirmed four men, including Rooney's father and uncle, have been released on bail.
A statement from Merseyside police read: ''Detectives have today executed warrants at 10 addresses across Merseyside and Glasgow and arrested nine men as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity.
''The arrests are the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission and the nine who have been arrested for conspiracy to defraud are being interviewed by detectives.
"Those arrested are a 29-year-old from Bootle, a 48-year-old from West Derby, a 54-year-old from Norris Green, a 26-year-old from Croxteth, a 22-year-old from Kirkdale, a 31-year-old from Litherland, a 68-year-old from Fazakerley, a 36-year-old from Kirkby and a 26-year-old from Glasgow.''
News broke of Jennings' arrest on Thursday morning after an investigation into the game between Hearts and Motherwell on December 14, 2010 began nine months ago.
Jennings was sent off with eight minutes to go and it has emerged that ''several bets were made on a player being sent off including a £500 gamble placed through a new account opened in Liverpool at 10/1 odds'' according to the paper.