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Footballers on match-fixing charges

Five men will appear in court to enter pleas in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged match-fixing.

Former footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, together with 24-year-old Moses Swaibu are accused alongside Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, both originally from Singapore, with taking part in a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

The men are set to appear at Birmingham Crown Court today for a plea hearing.

Boateng, of Davidson Road, Croydon and Adelakun, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton, have been sacked by Conference South side Brighton-based Whitehawk FC since the allegations surfaced and are set to appear in the dock with fellow Conference South player Swaibu of Tooley Street in Bermondsey, London.

The three players and co-accused Ganeshan, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, Sankaran, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, East Sussex, are alleged to have conspired to influence the course of football matches in Manchester and elsewhere between November 1 and November 26, last year.


From Belfast Telegraph