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Former Bolton player Delroy Facey appears in court

Delroy Facey Credit: PA

A former Bolton Wanderers footballer has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy. Delroy Facey, once a striker with the team has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery earlier this month following a National Crime Agency (NCA) inquiry. Facey was at Birmingham Crown Court for today's brief hearing, wearing a blue shirt, and appeared composed as he sat in the dock, listening to proceedings. He is set to re-appear at the crown court for a plea hearing on October 27. Appearing alongside Facey was Moses Swaibu, 25, formerly of non league Brighton-based Whitehawk FC who is accused of one count of the same charge. Swaibu is facing re-trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in June. Both men are set to be tried over the allegations in April, next year. Facey, 34, of Huddersfield, played 10 times for Bolton in the top tier of English football from 2002 to 2004, and was originally arrested in November 2013. During his career Facey also played for West Brom, Hull, Notts County, Lincoln and Tranmere. The charges relate to a continuing football match-fixing investigation by the NCA which secured the conviction in June of Chann Sankaran, Krishna Ganeshan, alongside former non-league footballer Michael Boateng. The three were convicted of paying footballers to influence the outcome of matches, so others could profit through betting on the result.


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CUFC: Defender in on loan from Bolton Wanderers

Carlisle United have signed Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White on emergency loan until 18th October.

Bolton Wanderers defender Hayden White joins CUFC on emergency loan Credit: Carlisle United

White, 19, came through the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and signed for Bolton in July 2013 having turned down a contract at Hillsborough. He made his professional debut in January 2014 and has a total of five appearances under his belt, including three at the start of this campaign.

“Hayden is a right back who can play in a couple of positions along the back line. He’s a big, strong lad who is very mobile and who is a good one against one defender. He’s the kind of player who will add value to what we’re trying to do.”

– Paul Thirwell

Everton back in Europe

It's more than four years since their last appearance in Europe. But tonight Everton are back. They kick off their Europa League campaign at home to German side Wolfsburg in the group stages. A huge crowd is expected at Goodison Park. Chris Hall reports.

Super League champions Wigan Warriors kick off the play-offs against Huddersfield

The end-of-season play-offs get underway in Super League tonight with the reigning champions Wigan Warriors kicking things off at home to Huddersfield Giants.

It's a qualifying play-off which means the winners go straight through to the semi-finals while the losers get a second bite of the cherry next week.

But Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane doesn't want to take that chance.

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