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Dickson Etuhu faces 6years in prison for alleged match-fixing

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Dickson Etuhu

Former Super Eagles player, Dickson Etuhu, will go on trial in a Swedish court today (Thursday) to face a charge of match-fixing.

Etuhu, who is being charged with trying to bribe a goalkeeper to fix the result of a league match between his former club, Stockholm’s AIK, and IFK Gothenburg, has been denying the allegation.

Prior to the match meant to be played on May 18 last year, the goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told AIK he had been approached by Etuhu and another man with a view of fixing the game, according to the 473-page pre-trial protocol seen by Reuters.

“I respect everyone’s opinion, but the facts remain the same – it never happened … It’s unbelievable that an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this,” Etuhu told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

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36-year-old Etuhu is facing a six-year in prison, as that is the maximum sentence for the offence of gross bribery.

Etuhu played at the 2010 World Cup for Nigeria and had a lengthy career in England for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Sweden.

The Kano born is a defensive midfielder. He moved to England at a young age, where he began his career at Manchester City.

He made his Nigeria debut in 2007 before going on to represent the Super Eagles at the 2002 African Cup of Nations and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

 

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