Emile Heskey and Rickie Lambert on list of ex-Premier League stars left reeling after investing in World Cup app that was not released

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EX-LIVERPOOL stars like Emile Heskey and Rickie Lambert are reeling after investing in a World cup app that was never released.

Milan keeper Pepe Reina and former Denmark defender Daniel Agger also poured funds into the failed betting firm as did former Norwich striker Grant Holt.

Former Liverpool and England striker was one of 24 investors in the failed betting company
Former England striker was one of 24 investors in the failed betting company
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The Mail report that the five ex-Premier League stars all contributed towards Veros Digital Partnership.

The company’s last big plan was thought to be a gambling game based on World Cup penalties – in time for Russia 2018.

But the app never came out.

Instead, Companies House records show the company has been “dissolved by a compulsory strike-off”.

Ex-Liverpool and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert paid into a firm that planned a big World Cup
Ex-Liverpool and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert paid into a firm that reportedly planned to release a World Cup app for the summer tournament
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Ex-Barcelona and Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina joined Milan on a three-year deal in May
Ex-Barca and Liverpool No 1 Pepe Reina joined Milan on a three-year deal in May
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This means the company has been taken off the Companies House register and in effect no longer exists.

The footballers had invested in the company for the past five years, some as directors.

The Mail state a source as revealing: “The company was constantly delaying the release of games and kept demanding more investment.”

In all, it is thought 24 investors paid a total of £1.1m towards the company.

The firm is reportedly owed another £1.9m.

Former Denmark defender Daniel Agger spent eight years with Liverpool
Former Denmark defender Daniel Agger spent eight years with Liverpool
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