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Ex-Super Eagles, Man City midfielder gets five-year ban for match-fixing

Former Super Eagles midfielder ​Dickson Etuhu has been handed a five-year ban from football by the Swedish FA for his involvement in a match fixing scandal that dates back to 2017.

The 37-year old former Manchester City player was found guilty in court in November 2019 having first arrived in Sweden in 2014, signing for Stockholm-based club AIK from Blackburn Rovers.

The offence involved a match between AIK and IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. It wasn’t the greatest attempt in history as the match was called off shortly before kick off when the authorities were made aware of the attempt.

The kano-born midfielder was found guilty of offering money to teammate Kyriakos Stamatopoulos, who was AIK’s back-up goalkeeper at the time, to allow Göteborg win.

Dickson Etuhu vying for the with Argentina's Carlos Tevez during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
Dickson Etuhu vying for the ball with Argentina’s Carlos Tevez during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

In ​a statement, the Swedish FA said: “The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches.

“Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years.

“The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports.”

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The implication of this ban is that Dickson Etuhu, who played for the Super Eagles at the 2010 World Cup, is banned from playing for or coaching any Swedish club until April 2025.

Etuhu represented Nigeria in the 2008 Afcon and the 2010 FIFA world cup.

He also enjoyed a 14-year stint in England. Starting at ​Manchester City, he was one of David Moyes’ final signings as Preston boss, where he impressed in the ​Championship for almost four seasons and earned a move to Norwich City.

He was signed by Sunderland in 2007 upon the Black Cats’ return to the ​Premier League under Roy Keane. His best spell, however, came at ​Fulham as he was in the heart of Roy Hodgson’s midfield that famously went all the way to the Europa League final in 2009/10.

Injuries eventually led to Etuhu being released by AIK and dropping down five divisions to play for IFK Rössjöholm, before he retired in 2017.

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