A FORMER Premier League striker accused of trying to bribe players over a match-fixing plot has described the men running the scheme as “class clowns”.
Ex-Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers forward Delroy Facey said he decided to “humour” the businessmen who were apparently offering him up to £15,000 for his services, adding he could not take them seriously.
Facey, who also played for West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during an 18-year career, said “alarm bells started ringing” when he was promised the large sum just to get five players across to Ireland.
The 35-year-old is on trial accused of conspiring with non-league player Moses Swaibu, 25, of Tooley Street, Bermondsey, south London, and others to commit bribery, in November 2013.
Opening the defence case at Birmingham Crown Court today, Ecky Tiwana explicitly asked his client if he ever knew of any plan to fix games, to which Facey replied “no”.
One of the businessmen, Krishna Ganeshan, was jailed in summer last year after being convicted over a conspiracy to fix non-league football matches in the UK.
He was found guilty alongside Singaporean national Chann Sankaran, with both sentenced to five years behind bars.
Facey, of Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, said that by late 2013, shortly before he was arrested over the allegation, he was “just humouring” the businessmen. The case continues.