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Four in Birmingham court over 'match-fix plot'

Updated: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 12:58 | Comments

Four men will return to court to enter pleas in March next year
Four men will return to court to enter pleas in March next year


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.

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