Three charged in football ‘hacking’ probe

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Three men have been charged following allegations of computer hacking and the sharing of private information at the Football Association.

Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive, Woodley, Stockport, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access to computer data, while Liam Cliff, 18, of Woodlands Road, Manchester, and Vincent Rossi, 46, of Wingfield Avenue, Wilmslow have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Delroy Facey

Delroy Facey

They will appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on December 5, Greater Manchester Police said.

Mohareb, a Football League referee, is a senior member of the FA’s referees department in his role as national referee development manager.

He was first arrested over allegations that he hacked into a colleague’s email account in October last year. Police seized a number of electrical items from his home on that occasion.

Mohareb was suspended by the FA in February. The other two men are not FA employees, it is understood.

The FA has declined to comment on the matter while legal proceedings are going on.

Separately, a former Premier League footballer from Yorkshire was among seven people arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing – two of whom have been charged.

The seven, held as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) crackdown on a suspected international betting syndicate, were reported to also include three current footballers.

Huddersfield-born striker Delroy Facey, 33, was yesterday bailed pending further inquiries along with four others detained in connection with the inquiry. His career began at Huddersfield Town and included spells at Bradford City, Hull City and Rotherham as well as Bolton in the Premier League.

The NCA said two men – Chann Sankaran, a 33-year-old Singapore national, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, a 43-year-old with dual UK and Singaporean nationality – had been charged with conspiracy to defraud bookmakers by influencing the outcome of matches.

The men, who are alleged to be members of an international illegal betting syndicate based in Singapore, are due to appear before Cannock magistrates’ court in Staffordshire today.

The arrests were made following an investigation by the Daily Telegraph during which undercover reporters discussed the possibility of influencing the scores and outcomes of lower-league English games for as little as £50,000.

The NCA said it has been working closely with the Gambling Commission and the Football Association during the inquiry.

In a meeting secretly filmed by the newspaper, a fixer claimed gamblers could stand to make hundreds of thousands of pounds using insider information to place bets with Asian companies.

The man, who met undercover reporters in Manchester, is reported to have planned to target two matches this month.

At one meeting, the alleged fixer claimed the syndicate would get a player to be booked early in a game as a signal the match was fixed.