|English footballers face trial for graft involving Singaporeans
Three footballers arrested in connection with a probe into match-fixing in non-league English football denied bribery charges and will stand trial in May.
Michael Boateng, Hakeem Adelakun and Moses Swaibu all pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court in central England to one count of bribery and another of plotting to commit bribery.
They are alleged to have conspired together with Krishna Ganeshan and Chann Sankaran, both originally from Singapore, who have both pleaded not guilty to three counts of bribery and one of conspiracy to commit bribery.
The alleged offenses took place between November 1 and November 27 last year.
All five defendants will stand trial together at Birmingham Crown Court on May 19. The trial is expected to last up to five weeks.
Boateng and Adelakun, both 22, and Swaibu, 24, played for the sixth-tier club Whitehawk FC from the southeast English coastal resort of Brighton.
They were all granted unconditional bail.
Ganeshan and Sankaran have been remanded in custody.—AFP