SYDNEY – Police traced a black mailer who threatened the English Team new captain for 35,000 for not disclosing the secrets of his past.
Paul Downton, the managing director of the ECB, said the board had received two emails within 48 hours from an individual in Australia. “There were references to a relationship Eoin Morgan had five years ago with a single Australian lady,” he said. “It was brief relationship five years ago and what appears to be a fairly deliberate attempt to extort a sum of money from the ECB.
“The individual, who comes from Hobart, demanded that the money be paid before the first ball was played on Friday.”
The man is believed to have threatened to reveal embarrassing details of the affair, including videos. Downton said: “We contacted the Metropolitan police and a brief investigation tracked down this individual. He has now apologized, saying it was not intended to go this far.
“My job is to ensure the players have the optimum opportunity to prepare and play cricket for England both in the Tri-Series matches and the upcoming World Cup. We will not allow anyone to distract the players or the England captain.
“The ECB will not be pressing charges and the matter is now closed. The players will not be saying anything further at this moment.”
In a further twist, a Hobart workplace safety consultant, Nick Emery, contacted a Melbourne newspaper admitting he was the man involved and saying he was in possession of “sexually-based” messages exchanged between his partner and Morgan.
“I have got a fair bit of interesting content regarding Eoin Morgan there’s sexual content,” he told the International media.
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