14 Dec 2013

Footballers accused of match fixing make court appearance

12:27 pm on 14 December 2013

Four men appeared in court in Birmingham on Friday following an investigation into match-fixing in English non-league football.

Footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, and alleged co-conspirators Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, are accused of trying to defraud bookmakers.

It is alleged that the players, who have been sacked by sixth-tier club Whitehawk FC, and Sankaran and Ganeshan, both of whom hail from Singapore, conspired to influence the results of football matches.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in November.

The two footballers have been released on bail, while Sankaran and Ganeshan remain in custody.

The four men will return to the same court to enter pleas on March 7th next year, with a trial expected to begin in May.