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ENGLAND SKIPPER WAS BLACKMAIL TARGET.

ENGLAND'S one-day captain Eoin Morgan was the target of a recent blackmail attempt, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The ECB said yesterday it received an email from an Australian man demanding a "five-figure sum" to prevent him revealing details regarding a relationship Morgan had with a woman five years ago to newspapers in the UK and Australia. ECB officials in Australia approached the man after discussions with the Metropolitan Police. The man concerned is currently in a relationship with the woman Morgan (left) had a relationship with, and when confronted he admitted and apologised for his actions.

ECB managing director Paul Downton 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 man blamed jealousy for his threats towards Morgan and the ECB said it would not be taking any further action at this stage.

England are halfway through a Tri-Series with Australia and India as they continue to prepare for the World Cup, which starts on February 14, and face Australia in Hobart today.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jan 23, 2015
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