Former Super Eagles and Premier League player, Dickson Etuhu, risked six-year jail term for allegedly engaging in match-fixing in Sweden league.
The trial on the alleged match fixing which commences tomorrow in a Swedish court has since been denied by 36-year-old midfielder.
Etuhu, who played at the 2010 World Cup for Nigeria, would be charged to bribe a goalkeeper to fix the result of a league match between his former side, Stockholm’s AIK, and IFK Gothenburg.
The game was due to be played on May 18, 2017 but was postponed after goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told AIK he had been approached by Etuhu and another man with a view to fixing the game, according to the 473-page pre-trial protocol.
Etuhu, who had a lengthy career in England for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Swedish league, has debunked the allegation, claiming his former team-mate must have misunderstood the conversation.
“I respect everyone’s opinion, but the facts remain the same – it never happened … It’s unbelievable that an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this,” Etuhu added.
According to the Swedish law, if the midfielder is found guilty, could be sentenced to six years in prison.
Etuhu’s lawyer, Johan Akermark, have declined to comment ahead of the trial, being held at the Stockholm District Court.