Ex-Norwich City midfielder banned for match fixing
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Former Norwich City midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been banned from football in Sweden for five years after being found guilty of match fixing.
Etuhu, who also played for Manchester City, Preston, Sunderland and Fulham midfielder, was found guilty in November of attempting to fix a match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK in 2017.
The 37-year-old was fined and ordered to serve probation, but avoided a prison sentence, with his lawyers still planning to take his case to Sweden’s supreme court.
But the Swedish Football Association have taken action and banned Etuhu and the former IFK Rössjöholm player Alban Jusufi for “deliberately trying to persuade an Allsvenskan player to under-perform in one of their team’s matches”.
The decision details the findings of the court, which heard that Etuhu and Jusufi met the AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos in May, 2017 at a Stockholm restaurant, where the bribery attempt took place. Stamatopoulos was offered around £160,000 to under-perform during a match against IFK Gothenburg, but the former Canada keeper reported the approach and as a result the match was postponed the following day.
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Etuhu moved to IFK Rössjöholm from AIK in August 2017, shortly after the bribery attempt.
He was signed by Norwich from Preston in January 2006 after a loan spell, costing City £450,000. He made 62 league appearances and scored six goals before leaving for Sunderland in the summer of 2007 for a reported £1.5m.
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