April 19, 2020

MATCH-FIXING: Dickson Etuhu slammed with five-year ban

Dickson Etuhu, Match-fixing

Dickson Etuhu who featured for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa has been handed a five-year ban from football in Sweden after being found guilty of match-fixing.

Etuhu who was first called into the Super Eagles in 2007 played in Nigeria’s three group matches at the 2010 World Cup.

The 37-year-old has been banned by the Swedish FA alongside a former IFK Rössjöholm player Alban Jusufi for “deliberately trying to persuade an Allsvenskan player to underperform in one of their team’s matches”.

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The Guardian of London reports that the former Nigeria international was found guilty of attempting to fix a match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK in 2017.

Etuhu 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.

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The decision to ban Etuhu also details the findings of the court, which was told that Etuhu and Jusufi met the AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos on 16 May 2017 at a Stockholm restaurant, where the bribery attempt took place.

Stamatopoulos was offered around £160,000 (SEK2m) 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.

Etuhu moved to IFK Rössjöholm from AIK in August 2017, shortly after the bribery attempt.