Whitehawk FC players charged with match-fixing

Football players charged with match fixing Pic: Denis Dervisevic

Football players charged with match fixing Pic: Denis Dervisevic

Two footballers from Croydon were charged as part of a major investigation into match fixing, as further evidence of corruption in the sport emerged over the weekend.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, played for Brighton-based Conference South club Whitehawk FC.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to defraud on Thursday last week, after being implicated in the National Crime Agency’s on-going investigation into match fixing.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s Organised Crime Division found sufficient evidence and was satisfied it was in the public interest to authorise the charges, the NCA said in a statement released on Thursday.

Boateng and Adelakun were both “dismissed with immediate effect” by their club, Whitehawk FC, on Saturday following an emergency board meeting.

The men have been bailed and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on December 11.

The charges preceded the Sun’s release of an undercover video over the weekend showing another professional footballer admitting to corruption.

Greenwich-born Portsmouth player, Sam Sodje, admitted to getting sent off on purpose for £70,000 and claimed to have a number of other professionals ready to match fix.

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