23 Jan 2015

England cricket captain victim of attempted blackmail

8:16 am on 23 January 2015

England's World Cup cricket captain Eoin Morgan has been the victim of an attempted blackmail over a relationship with a former girlfriend.

The England cricket team's one-day captain Eoin Morgan.

The England cricket team's one-day captain Eoin Morgan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement that said an Australian man had demanded a five-figure sum to prevent a story about Morgan and a previous girlfriend appearing in national newspapers in Australia and Britain.

The statement said the allegations related to a brief relationship Morgan had with an Australian woman five years ago.

England cricket officials approached the man, who is understood to be in a relationship with the woman.

He admitted and apologised for his actions, blaming jealousy.

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