Four men have appeared in court charged in connection with an English 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, are accused of taking part in a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.
All four appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today for a short 10-minute preliminary hearing.
It is alleged that former Conference South players Boateng and Adelakun - who have since been sacked by Brighton club Whitehawk FC - and Ganeshan, together with Sankaran, all conspired to influence the course of football matches.
The conspiracy is alleged to have taken place in Manchester and elsewhere between 1 November and 26 November this year.
Boateng and Adelakun both appeared on unconditional bail and stared straight ahead throughout today's proceedings.
Meanwhile, Sankaran, who appeared wearing a Manchester United-branded coat and was smirking throughout the hearing, and Ganeshan remain in custody.
The four will next appear back at the same court to enter their pleas on 7 March, next year.
A provisional trial date has been set for 19 May, 2014, with the case expected to take up to four weeks to hear.