Jury out in match fixing trial

Jury out in match fixing trial

Jury out in match fixing trial

First published in News

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of three non-league footballers and two other men accused of involvement in a match-fixing conspiracy.

Businessmen Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan are alleged to have acted together with footballers Hakeem Adelakun, Moses Swaibu and Michael Boateng to commit bribery.

The Crown alleges that Ganeshan and Sankaran, both originally from Singapore, conspired with the three London-based former Conference South players to commit bribery between November 1 and 27 last year.

Sankaran, 33, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, East Sussex, and Ganeshan, 43, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, are said by the Crown to have been the central figures in the alleged conspiracy.

During a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Boateng, Adelakun and Swaibu were described by the prosecution as "willing recruits" in efforts to influence the course of lower league matches.

Boateng, 22, of Davidson Road, Croydon; Adelakun, also 22, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton Heath, south London; and Swaibu, of Tooley Street, Bermondsey, each deny a single count of conspiracy to offer, promise or give a financial advantage to other persons.

Sankaran and Ganeshan, who had travelled to the UK from Singapore, both deny the same charge.

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