Dickson Etuhu not guilty of match fixing, Swedish court rules

Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has been cleared of match-fixing in Sweden
Former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu has been cleared of match-fixing in Sweden

Former Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been cleared of match fixing charges after a Swedish court heard his testimony.

Etuhu was found not guilty of attempting to fix the result of a 2017 league match between IFK Gothenburg and his former club, Stockholm’s AIK
on Thursday.

Etuhu was charged with trying to bribe his former AIK team mate, goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, to fix the result of the game.

The match, which was due to be played on May 18, 2017, was subsequently postponed when Stamatopoulos informed his club about the alleged approach.

Midfielder Etuhu, 36, played at the 2010 World Cup for Nigeria and had a lengthy career in England for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Sweden.

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The Stockholm district court, which heard testimony from the Etuhu and Stamatopoulos last week, said in its judgment that there was not enough evidence to support a conviction.

“To discuss a crime only in general terms is typically not punishable,” the court said in its judgment.

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