Four men due in court over 'match fix case'

Four men are due in court today in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.

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Four men appear in court over alleged match-fixing

Four men have appeared in crown court charged in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.

Footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, and co-accused Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, both originally from Singapore, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today for a short 10-minute preliminary hearing.

The four will next appear back at the same court to enter their pleas on March 7, next year.

A provisional trial date has been set for May 19, 2014.

Men due in court over alleged football match fixing

Four men are due in court today in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who have been sacked by Brighton club Whitehawk FC, are accused of taking part in a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

The men will appear at Birmingham Crown Court today. Credit: Press Association

The Conference South players, both 22 and from south London, are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court.

It is alleged that Boateng, of Davidson Road, Croydon, and Adelakun, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton Heath, conspired with two other men to influence the course of football matches.

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, both originally from Singapore, were remanded in custody by magistrates in Cannock, Staffordshire last month.

Ganeshan, 43, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, and Sankaran, 33, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, East Sussex, will appear alongside Boateng and Adelakun.

The conspiracy is alleged to have taken place in Manchester and elsewhere between November 1 and November 26.

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Non-league club sack players charged with match-fixing

Conference South team Whitehawk FC have sacked Michael Boaten and Hakeem Adelakun, two footballers charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of the National Crime Agency's match-fixing probe.

A statement posted on the club's website said:

Club Director Mark Turner commented “The Board are disappointed by these allegations and have taken steps to protect the Club”

Mark Turner would also like to state that the Board, Club, coaching staff and players were completely unaware of the actions of these two players.

The Board of Directors would ask that our fans, supporters and sponsors now rally-round our players and support them fully in their league game tomorrow and the 2ndround trophy next week, which is the highest level the Club has reached in its history and for which we are all immensely proud.

Pair charged with conspiracy to defraud

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 and from the Croydon area of south London, were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law.

An NCA spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service's Organised Crime Division found sufficient evidence and was satisfied it was in the public interest to authorise charges."

The two men have been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on December 11.

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