Ex-Super Eagles Star Cleared Of Match Fixing Allegation

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Former Nigerian international, Dickson Etuhu, has been cleared of alleged match-fixing.

Etuhu was charged with approaching AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, 39, with the alleged intention of fixing a game in 2017 against IFK Gothenburg in the Swedish league.

But the fixture was postponed when Stamatopoulos informed his club about the alleged approach from Etuhu and another man, according to pre-trial documents.

Etuhu, 36, denied the charge and said his ex-team-mate must have misunderstood their conversation.

He told a Swedish newspaper: “I respect everyone’s opinion, but the facts remain the same – it never happened.

“It’s unbelievable than an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this.”

The Stockholm district court heard testimony from Etuhu and Stamatopoulos last week but said there was not enough evidence to warrant a conviction.

Stockholm District Court judge Carl Rosenmuller said it was “words against words” and that Etuhu had “completely denied” proposing to fix any match.

A court judgement read: “To discuss a crime only in general terms is typically not punishable.”

If Etuhu had been found guilty he could have faced a maximum prison sentence of six years.

Etuhu made his Super Eagles debut in 2007 before quiting the national team in 2011 after earning 33 caps.

He was in the Super Eagles squads to the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and also featured at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

He played for Manchester City from 2000 to 2002 and was in action for Fulham in their 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the final of the 2010 Europa Cup.

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