Former Nigeria international banned for match-fixing

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Former Nigerian international Dickson Etuhu has been banned from football in Sweden for five years after being found guilty of match fixing.

In November last year Etuhu was found guilty of attempting to fix a match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK in 2017.

He was fined and ordered to serve a period of probation but avoided a prison sentence, with his lawyers still planning to take his case to Sweden’s Supreme Court.

However, the Swedish Football Association has now taken action to ban the 37-year-old for deliberately trying to persuade an Allsvenskan player to underperform in one of their team’s matches.

Etuhu alongside his then teammate Alban Jusufi met with Allsvenskan goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos on 16 May 2017 at a restaurant, where the bribery attempt took place.

Stamatopoulos was offered around £160,000 (R3 766 000) to underperform during a match against IFK Gothenburg but the former Canada keeper reported their approach and as a result the match was postponed the next day.

Jusufi who is a Swedish-Albanian player has also been banned for five years.

Etuhu has played for teams such as Manchester City, Norwich City, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers during his 17-year career.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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