Peter Dicks informed Sportingbet of his resignation just minutes before a court appearance in New York yesterday at which a judge gave him permission to return temporarily to Britain. In a statement, Sportingbet said that with “great reluctance” it had accepted his decision to quit, adding: “Mr Dicks indicated that he wishes to concentrate on personal matters.”
Law enforcement officers arrested Mr Dicks when he arrived at New York’s Kennedy airport last week, citing a warrant issued in Louisiana for breaking state gaming laws.
But New York’s governor, George Pataki, has withdrawn permission for his extradition to the southern state pending “further investigations”, prompting speculation that authorities were yet to be convinced that there is compelling evidence against Mr Dicks. A further hearing has been set for September 28.
Mr Dicks’ court appearance in a down-at-heel outer suburb of Queens attracted a large pack of photographers who pursued him down the street.