Third former Whitehawk FC player appears in court on match-fixing charges

A third former Whitehawk FC footballer has appeared in court accused of involvement in an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Moses Swaibu, 24, was granted unconditional bail after making a brief appearance before magistrates in Birmingham.

Swaibu, of Tooley Street, Bermondsey, is the fifth person to be charged with conspiring to defraud bookmakers as part of a National Crime Agency inquiry.

Two men from Singapore and two other Whitehawk players, Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, have already appeared in court charged in connection with the international investigation.

Swaibu, who is accused of conspiring to influence the course of unspecified football matches between November 1 and November 26, was not required to enter a plea at today's hearing.

Magistrates granted the player unconditional bail to appear alongside his four co-defendants for a plea and case management hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on March 7.

Boateng and Adelakun, who have been sacked by Brighton-based Whitehawk FC, were charged with conspiracy to defraud in December.

Swaibu joined Whitehawk in September last year and left in November.

Boateng, 22, of Davidson Road, Croydon, south London; Adelakun, 22, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton Heath, south London; and Swaibu are all alleged to have conspired in Manchester and elsewhere with Chann Sankaran and Sanjey Ganeshan.

Ganeshan, 43, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, and Sankaran, 33, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, were remanded in custody at an earlier hearing in Cannock, Staffordshire.

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