Former Nigeria midfielder Dickson Etuhu banned for five years for match-fixing in Sweden

Dickson Etuhu, former Nigerian and Manchester city player, imposed a five-year ban on football for his role in match-fixing scandals in the year 2017, by the Swedish Football Association.

The incident goes back to November 2019 when the AIK, his former club and Goteborg IFK were found guilty of fixing a match.The scheme could not be executed as the match was stopped before the start after the authorities heard that a potential scandal was raised.

The Guardian reported that he offered teammate Kyriakos Stamatopoulos, second choice goalkeeper £160,000 to allow the opposition win.

A statement, released by the Swedish Federation announced that two people had received a five-year suspension to convince a player to underperform in one of the games.

“The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches. Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years.”

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“The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports,” read the statement as reported by the Guardian.

The 37-year-old will not be able to play or manage competitive soccer in Sweden until his ban expires in 2025. After making his debut for the Super Eagles in the African Cup of the Nations in 2008, Etuhu represented the Nigerian national soccer team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The midfielder played over 30 matches for the Super Eagles of Nigeria from 2007-2011.

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