Pair remanded in custody in ‘match-fix’ case

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Two men have appeared in court charged with plotting to defraud bookmakers after a National Crime Agency investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

Chann Sankaran, of Hastings, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, both originally from Singapore, were not required to enter any plea during a five-minute hearing at Cannock Magistrates’ Court in Staffordshire.

Sankaran, wearing a Manchester United training jacket, and his co-accused were both remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on December 13.

Ganeshan, 43, and Sankaran, 33, are accused of conspiring together and with others to commit fraud between November 1 and November 26.

They were among seven people arrested earlier this week as part of an investigation into an international betting syndicate based in Singapore. The other five have been bailed pending further inquiries.