Banned British jockey appeal denied

July 13, 2006 at 2:02 PM

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- Kieren Fallon, a former champion horse jockey in Britain, has lost an appeal to overturn the ban on his racing in the country.

Fallon, a six-time champion who was banned by the Horseracing Regulatory Association after being charged by police in a race-fixing investigation, said he will continue to fight the decision, Sky News reported Thursday.

"I will now take the matter to the High Court and beyond, if necessary, to reinstate my rights to earn a living in the U.K. and participate in the sport that I love," he said.

"Until I have the chance to prove my innocence in court, it is grossly unfair that I am being denied a living in Britain."

The race-fixing case is not expected to go to trial until spring 2007, Sky News said.

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