Dickson Etuhu, ex-Nigerian player, found guilty of match-fixing, gets 5 years ban

Dickson Etuhu, ex-Nigerian player, found guilty of match-fixing, gets 5 years ban

- Dickson Etuhu has been banned from all footballing activities in Sweden for five years

- The ex-Super Eagles star was found guilty in a match-fixing scandal

- Etuhu played for Nigeria at the AFCON 2010 and World Cup the same year

Dickson Etuhu has been slammed with a five-year ban after he was found guilty of match-fixing allegations in Sweden.

The former Nigerian international was accused of offering bribe to former AIK Stockholm teammate and goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos to under-perform against Gothenburg in 2017.

It is understood that the former Man City and Fulham midfielder gave Stamatopoulos £180,000 who was second choice after the number one goalie was injured.

The match was postponed as investigations towards the matter started and in November 2019 Etuhu was found guilty.

He was lucky to escape prison sentence but he has been banned from all footballing activities in Sweden until April 2015.

A statement from the Swedish FA read: "The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches.

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"Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years.

"The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports."

Etuhu started his career at Maine Road but left for Preston in 2002 after making just 13 first-team appearances.

Etuhu played in the Europa League final in 2010 with Fulham where they lost to eventual champions Atletico Madrid.

He also had spells with Norwich City, Sunderland at retired at Maine Road with Preston in 2002.

Etuhu played 33 times for the Super Eagles and represented Nigeria at the 2010 AFCON tournament and the World Cup in the same year in South Africa.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Samuel Chukwueze has been advised by Super Eagles legend Ikechukwu Uche to continue his development at Villarreal, Complete Sports quoting Naija Info.

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The Nigerian international has been linked with a couple of top clubs including Chelsea and Liverpool after his eye-catching performances for the Yellow Submarines.

The 21-year-old has scored three goals and provided one assist in 22 appearances for Villarreal this campaign.

“He is very good; everything is working very fast for him. He’s doing well, he’s growing.”

Legit.ng had also reported that Odion Ighalo has been put on the edge after reports claim the Nigerian striker has been told to accept a massive pay cut to earn a permanent Man United deal.

The 30-year-old arrived Old Trafford on deadline day from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

And the former Watford star has proved his six-month loan deal scoring four goals in eight matches so far.

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