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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

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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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