Ex-Nigeria international questioned by police in Sweden match-fixing case

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Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has been questioned by police in Sweden about a conspiracy to fix a Swedish top-flight game in May, according to ESPN via The Times and Swedish media.

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.

According to the report, a former teammate offered AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos £180,000 to “under-perform” against IFK Goteborg two days before the game.

That game was postponed after former Canada international Stamatopoulos, whose identity has not been confirmed by police, informed Swedish football authorities.

Etuhu – who finished his playing career at AIK in 2016 – currently works as a football agent.

Etuhu also made 33 appearances for Nigeria – and featured in its 2010 World Cup squad – before joining AIK in 2014

The Times reports that Etuhu was interviewed under caution by detectives working for a specialist unit set up in Sweden ‘to investigate sports-related organised crime’.

A decision on charges, if any, is expected within weeks.

The move comes as the head of a new police unit set up to fight organised crime in Swedish sport is investigating four cases of possible match-fixing.

On Friday, chief inspector Fredrik Gardare’s Stockholm-based unit made two more arrests linked to another match-fixing case, this time an attempt to rig a match between Malmo and Halmstad on Oct. 1.

Gardare said on Tuesday that tackling the “growing threat” from organised crime was now a “priority” for the Swedish police and, as well as the four possible cases of match-fixing in football, his unit is also looking at criminal activity in basketball and ice hockey.

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