2 footballers charged in fixing investigation
LONDON (AP) — Two players from the sixth tier of English football were charged on Thursday with conspiring to fix matches as part of an investigation into a suspected Singapore-based international betting syndicate.
The National Crime Agency released a statement saying that prosecutors have found sufficient evidence to charge Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who both play for Conference South team Whitehawk FC, “with conspiracy to defraud.”
They were bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
They are the third and fourth men to be charged in the wake of an undercover operation by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, with Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan currently in police custody and scheduled to appear at Birmingham Crown Court next week.
A total of seven people were arrested as part of the investigation.
Adelakun, a former youth-team player at Crystal Palace, and Boateng were charged with conspiring with Ganeshan, Sankaran and others to “defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon” from Nov. 1-26.
The maximum prison sentence for the offense is 10 years.