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Ex-Premier League Player Linked To Match Fixing

Mon 9th Dec 2013 | Legal

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched an investigation into match-fixing following evidence passed on by newspaper the Sun on Sunday.

The news comes after two footballers with Conference South team Whitehawk FC were charged last week in the NCA’s ongoing investigation into match fixing.

The latest allegations involved ex-Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje, who allegedly claimed he could arrange a yellow card booking in the Football League, in exchange for tens of thousands of pounds.

Confirming the latest investigation a statement released by the crime agency read, “The NCA confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency.

“An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission. Six people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage.

Commenting on the news, Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "We treat any allegations of criminal activity in our competitions with the utmost seriousness.

"Given that there is an ongoing Police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time. Although we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the Police.

"We will be giving our full assistance to the Police during their investigation."
 
The NCA’s investigation into match-fixing saw Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 of Whitehawk FC, charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law and bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 11 December 2013.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s Organised Crime Division found sufficient evidence and was satisfied it was in the public interest to authorise charges.
 
They are the third and fourth people charged to date in connection with the NCA investigation into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate. Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan were charged on 28 November and are currently remanded in custody.
 
The NCA’s investigation continues.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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