Court clears ex-Nigeria star Etuhu of match-fixing in Sweden

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Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has been acquitted of any wrongdoing in a match-fixing claim in Sweden.

The former Fulham midfielder was cleared by a Stockholm district court on Thursday after claims emerged against him that he attempted to influence the outcome of a league match in Sweden.

AIK Stockholm goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos alleged that the 36-year-old midfielder approached him to throw the game against IFK Gothenburg in May last year.

The match was postponed after Etuhu’s former teammate Stamatopoulos reported the matter to AIK and an investigation was opened into the incident.

Etuhu denied attempting to speak Stamatopoulos into fixing the game, adding that the goalkeeper misunderstood their conversation.

“I respect everyone’s opinion, but the facts remain the same – it never happened … It’s unbelievable that an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this,” Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter quoted Etuhu as saying.

The court dismissed the case and cleared Etuhu saying “to discuss a crime only in general terms is typically not punishable.”

Etuhu played for Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was previously in the books of Premier League sides Fulham and Manchester City.

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