Former Sunderland midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been found guilty of attempted match-fixing by a Swedish appeals court as reported by Sky Sports.
Sunderland were newly promoted to the Premier League when they signed the Nigerian international from Norwich City for a fee of £1.5 million in 2007. He went on to make twenty-one appearances for the Black Cats before moving on to Fulham after just one season on Wearside.
The Manchester City youth product spent four years at Craven Cottage before moving to Blackburn and then AIK Solna in Sweden.
The case centred on allegations the thirty-seven-year-old conspired with another man to offer former team-mate Kyriakos ‘Kenny’ Stamatopoulos money to fix a game between Solna and IFK Gothenburg in 2017.
Etuhu was initially found not guilty due to lack of evidence by a Stockholm district court, but the court of appeal concluded in its judgment that Kenny Stam was clearly offered an ‘improper benefit’ in a meeting before the match.
Etuhu was fined and ordered him to serve a period of probation.
According to the report, the former Premier League star is set to appeal the verdict in the supreme court.
Match-fixing is probably more widespread than is commonly believed, especially in the lower leagues where players are not on the massive contracts we see in the Premier League.
In 2015, former Lincoln City player Delroy Facey was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being convicted for his part in a conspiracy to bribe lower-league players.
And his former teammate Moses Swaibu, who was jailed for sixteen months for his role in the plot, recently revealed the vast sums of money involved in match-fixing.
We all might turn somewhat of a blind eye, but the truth of the matter is it does go on, and while football increasingly promotes gambling, it could be argued it is unlikely to go away.