‘Bribe bid to swing result of match’

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FAR EASTERN businessmen allegedly tried to swing the result of a League Two football match with a bribe, a jury has been told.

In the trial of five men accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, the jury heard prosecution evidence that the two Singaporean businessmen also handed over “pocket money” to non-league players in a coffee shop, in a bid to fix the result of another match.

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Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Ganeshan, 44, deny entering into a conspiracy in order to fix the outcome of matches in November last year, and three alternatives charges of bribing footballers.

Their co-accused, footballers Michael Boateng, 22, Hakeem Adelakun, 23, and 25-year-old Moses Swaibu are each accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, and a separate alternative charge of bribery.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Robert Davies, prosecuting, said Swaibu had allegedly acted as a middleman between players and Sankaran and Ganeshan in an attempt to fix the result of an AFC Wimbledon versus Dagenham and Redbridge on November 26 last year.

There is no evidence whatsoever of wrong-doing by the clubs. The trial continues.