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Court hears ex-Hull City striker's match-fixing allegations

An ex-Premier League footballer "cast his net around" for players in a plot to fix lower league matches, a court heard today.

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey, 34, is alleged to have become involved in the "ugly side" of his sport by acting as a middleman for two men who have already been convicted of match-fixing.

Facey, who also played for Huddersfield, Lincoln and Rotherham, denies conspiracy to commit bribery and is standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside former non-league player Moses Swaibu.

Football in this case is really nothing more than a means to an end - it's an opportunity to make money. It's described sometimes as the beautiful game but football has an ugly side to it as well, and it's that ugly side we are going to be looking at.

– Nick Mather, prosecutor

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Huddersfield Town's Tommy Smith released from hospital

Huddersfield Town has tweeted that Tommy Smith is back at home after being released from hospital. The defender was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a head injury in yesterday's match against Leeds United.

Huddersfield Town defender in 'stable condition' in hospital

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith is now in a stable condition at Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a head injury at today's Championship game against Leeds United. The club reported on their website that he has been sitting up and talking to members of Huddersfield Town's staff. He has undergone scans and tests and will stay in hospital overnight for observation.

Huddersfield Town's Tommy Smith is stretched off during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Credit: PA

Huddersfield Town and Tommy's family would like to thank everyone for their well wishes throughout the course of Saturday evening.

Everyone at the Club would also like to record their thanks to all the medical team and safety staff on duty at the John Smith's Stadium, our charity partner the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care they have given Tommy.

We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.

– Huddersfield Town

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'Tommy's in good hands,' says Huddersfield Town manager

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell has been speaking to ITV Calendar after one of his players, defender Tommy Smith, was airlifted to hospital suffering a head injury during the match against Leeds United.

Football: Huddersfield defender airlifted to hospital injured during Leeds match

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith is in hospital after suffering a head injury during the game against Leeds United today.

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/EMPICS Sport

The footballer was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after being injured in the run up to a goal . He was thought to be conscious when he was put into the air ambulance but there is no word yet on his condition.

Leeds United won against Huddersfield Town two one, with a goal in the last minute.

Full match report here.

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