Former Super Eagles Star Dickson Etuhu Risks 6 Years Jail Term For Alleged Match-Fixing
A former Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu risks spending a maximum sentence of six years in a Swedish prison for match-fixing.
The ex-premier league player will go on trial in Stockholm District Court in Sweden today, November 29, to face a charge of match-fixing, which he denies.
Etuhu, who has 33 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, is charged with trying to bribe a goalkeeper to fix the result of a league match between his former side, Stockholm AIK, and IFK Gothenburg.
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The game was due to be played on May 18, 2017, but was postponed after goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told AIK he had been approached by Etuhu and another man with a view to fixing the game, according to the 473-page pre-trial protocol.
Etuhu has said his former team-mate must have misunderstood the conversation.
“I respect everyone’s opinion, but the facts remain the same – it never happened … It’s unbelievable that an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this,” Etuhu told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The offence of gross bribery carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
Etuhu played at the 2010 World Cup for Nigeria and had a lengthy career in England for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Sweden.