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Ex-Premier League footballer Sam Sodje accused of charity fraud

A former Premier League footballer has appeared in court alongside his three brothers, accused of carrying out a charity fraud.

Ex-Reading and Nigeria defender Sam Sodje denied a charge of fraudulent trading involving the Sodje Sports Foundation when he appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday.

He is jointly charged with his elder brothers; Efe Sodje, also an ex-Nigerian international, Bright Sodje and Stephen Sodje, who also pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged to have been carried out between 2008 and 2014.

Sam Sodje is also charged with five further counts of money laundering, which he denied. On one of the five, he was jointly charged with Efe and two other men, Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma.

Ehikhamen, of Belvedere, near Erith in south east London, is also charged with 11 further money laundering offences, and Oruma, of Bexley, south east London, with one further money laundering offence.

They deny all the charges against them, which are alleged to have taken place in November and December 2013.

Sam Sodje, 37, of Dartford, Kent; Efe, 44, of Cheadle, Greater Manchester; Stephen, 42, of Bexley; and Bright, 50, of Sale, Greater Manchester, are due to stand trial in July.

All six men were released on bail.

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