A former Premier League star is reported to be ‘at the centre’ of an investigation into alleged football match fixing which is fast becoming one of the biggest scandals ever to hit European football, The Mirror reports.
Dickson Etuhu –who used to play for Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham among other English clubs – has been questioned by police in Sweden over allegations, which he reportedly denies.
Etuhu made 33 appearances for Nigeria – and featured in its 2010 World Cup squad – before joining AIK in 2014.
The Times claims that he attended an interview voluntarily and was quizzed under caution about Gothenburg’s postponed match against AIK Stockholm in May.
The match – one of the biggest of the season in the Swedish top-flight league – was called off after AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told authorities he’d been approached two days before kick-off by an unnamed former team-mate.
The 38-year-old Greek-Canadian reserve keeper claimed that he was offered around £180,000 to ‘under-perform’ when he was due to step in after an injury to the club’s No.1.
Wages in Sweden are considerably less than in the Premier League – with players earning around £2,000 a week.
The Swedish FA’s Secretary-General Hakan Sjostrand claimed the person at the centre of the allegations was offered a “very large amount of money” and talked of alleged “veiled threats”.
He told The Times, “It was a mixture of money and concrete threats, special circumstances that convinced me that we cannot play this match. We needed to protect this goalkeeper – what would happen if he made a mistake.
“This was important for the game and the reputation of football. It is not football that creates this match-fixing problem, it is betting.”Punch