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Jail sentence for three men found guilty of match fixing charges, including former player



Three men, including a former footballer, have been jailed after being found guilty of match fixing charges.

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan were convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery and sentenced to five years, along with former Whitehawk FC defender Michael Boateng, who was sentenced to 16 months.

Hakeem Adelakun, who also played for the Brighton club, was cleared following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Sankaran, 33, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, and Ganeshan, 44, a British national originally from Sri Lanka, were described during their trial as the "central figures" in the plot.

A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation began when the Daily Telegraph presented the agency with evidence from an undercover investigation.

An NCA spokesman said over a seven-day period in November 2013, its surveillance of the men provided enough evidence to secure their convictions, despite the failure of their plot to fix a match between AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham Redbridge.

NCA branch commander Richard Warner said: "This is not sport as a football-loving nation recognises it. It is corruption and bribery linked to serious organised crime, and the NCA is determined to stop criminals benefiting from it."

The jury was discharged from reaching a verdict on footballer Moses Swaibu, who denies a single count of conspiracy to offer, promise or give a financial advantage.

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