Former Super Eagle, Dickson Etuhu who played for Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham, and now works as a football agent, has been charged after an 18-month investigation.
Etuhu, 36, is accused of offering a bribe to AIK Stockholm’s Kenny Stamatopoulos, his former team-mate, to fix a match against Gothenburg last year. The match was cancelled after the Swedish authorities were informed of the allegations against Etuhu.
In his defense, Etuhu’s lawyer Johan Akermark said his client denied the charge. He told Swedish TV station Fotbollskanalen: “He has not offered any bribe and he does not know anything about any bribe. He had a snack with the AIK goalkeeper, they knew each other and used to meet for lunch. He has an explanation of what happened and we will present it during the trial.”
Etuhu has also been charged with a minor drugs offence after cocaine was found during a search of his property.
Etuhu who earned 33 caps for the Eagles spent his longest spell in the Premier League with West Londoners Fulham, for whom he played 91 league matches, scoring three goals, between 2008 and 2012, before moving to Blackburn Rovers. He joined AIK in 2014. His younger brother, Kelvin who also came through the ranks at Manchester City fell foul of the law in 2011 resulting in an Etuhu was given an eight-month jail sentence and the termination of his contract by City.