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Former Whitehawk players given cash in Starbucks to fix game
Two former Whitehawk FC players were handed “pocket money” in a Starbucks in return for swinging the results of an upcoming game, a court heard.
Michael Boateng, 22, and Hakeem Adelakun, 23, are accused of being given €450 (£367) each to alter the result of their match on November 30 last year.
Birmingham Crown Court also heard a third former Whitehawk player, Moses Swaibu, 25, acted as a middleman between alleged match fixing bosses and footballers playing in League Two.
The trio are on trial alongside Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Ganeshan, 44, for conspiracy to fix matches last year.
The second day of the five week trial heard Boateng and Adelakun met with Singaporean businessmen Sankaran and Ganeshan in a Starbucks coffee shop in Croydon last year.
Robert Davies, prosecuting, told how they were handed the so called “pocket money” to "act improperly" to swing the results of their game on November 30.
He told the jury that after the meeting both went to a local Post Office where they changed the €450 into sterling.
The court heard that following their arrest, both players admitted the money had come from Ganeshan as a bribe to attend the meeting - but only for that purpose.
Mr Davies told the jury that separately Swaibu acted as a middleman between players and Sankaran and Ganeshan in an attempt to fix the result of a game between AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham and Redbridge on November 26 last year.
He said the former player was paid £3,000 at half time, even though the eventual result did not go according to Sankaran and Ganeshan's wishes.
The court heard the pair were after either a 3-1 or 4-1 win for Wimbledon with between £150 and £1,000 placed on the result with different bookmakers.
Mr Davies added that there was no evidence whatsoever of wrong-doing by anyone involved or connected with Dagenham, or AFC Wimbledon.
When Sankaran, Ganeshan and Swaibu later sat down together after the match in an Indian restaurant, they were arrested.
Sankaran, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, and Ganeshan, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, deny conspiracy to commit bribery and three further counts of bribery by offering the players cash.
Boateng, of Davidson Road, Croydon, Adelakun, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton Heath and Swaibu, of Tooley Street, London, all deny bribery.
The trial continues.