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Ex-Premier League player charged in fixing probe

September 1, 2014

LONDON (AP) — A former Premier League footballer has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery as part of an ongoing investigation into the fixing of lower-league football matches in England.

The National Crime Agency says in a statement that Delroy Facey, a 34-year-old striker, has been charged “on the basis that there is a realistic prospect of conviction” following his arrest in November 2013. He will appear in court on Sept. 2.

Two Asian businessmen and a lower-league player, Michael Boateng, were sentenced to jail in June for their part in an investigation that focuses on matches in League Two and the Conference South, the fourth and sixth tiers of English football.

Facey played for Bolton in England’s top division in 2002, as well as many other lower-league clubs.

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