Ex-County man Michael Boateng jailed for match-fixing

SWA MIKE LEWIS 11 4 13 REPORTER.NEWPORT COUNTY V MACCLESFIELD TOWN.NEWPORT COUNTY'S MICHAEL BOATENG IN THE THICK OF IT. (7241749)

SWA MIKE LEWIS 11 4 13 REPORTER.NEWPORT COUNTY V MACCLESFIELD TOWN.NEWPORT COUNTY'S MICHAEL BOATENG IN THE THICK OF IT. (7241749)

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FORMER Newport County AFC player Michael Boateng has been jailed after becoming the first footballer since the 1960s to be found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a football match-fixing trial.

Boateng, who played three matches on loan for County last year as they won promotion from the Conference, was convicted by an 11-1 majority verdict following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court and received his 16-month sentence today.

The 22-year-old, of Davidson Road, Croydon, south London, was found guilty alongside businessmen Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan, who were unanimously convicted of the same offence. Both the businessmen received five-year terms.

Jurors cleared Hakeem Adelakun, who also played for Brighton-based Whitehawk, of involvement in the conspiracy and could not reach a verdict on a third footballer, Moses Swaibu. The jury was discharged after it failed to reach a decision on Swaibu, 23, of Bermondsey, also a former Whitehawk player. He was granted unconditional bail pending a retrial in September.

None of the charges related to Boateng’s tenure with Newport County. Sankaran, 33, and Ganeshan, 43, were described as the “central” figures in the plot, while Boateng, and was a “willing recruit”.

Adelakun, aged 23, of Thornton Heath, south London, told the jury he knew nothing at all about any plot to fix matches.

The convictions were the first in relation to match fixing since the 1960s.

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5:47pm Fri 20 Jun 14

County Snakeman says...

11-1? I bet he got great odds on that verdict.
11-1? I bet he got great odds on that verdict. County Snakeman
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7:02am Sat 21 Jun 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

3 games on loan provides this sensational headline for the Argus. Lucky that Dr Shipman had not applied a plaster to the knee of one of the County players, as headline would be - Former County Doctor is Mass Murderer!
3 games on loan provides this sensational headline for the Argus. Lucky that Dr Shipman had not applied a plaster to the knee of one of the County players, as headline would be - Former County Doctor is Mass Murderer! Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 1

10:18am Sat 21 Jun 14

ComeOnCounty says...

Dafydd I'm sure the LOCAL papers of the other clubs he's played for have similar articles but replaced Newport with the name of their local club. This article is aimed to be read by County fans. Would you have read the article is the headline was ex player of Bromley jailed?

Local papers will away's link a national story with a local interest. Nothing wrong with that.
Dafydd I'm sure the LOCAL papers of the other clubs he's played for have similar articles but replaced Newport with the name of their local club. This article is aimed to be read by County fans. Would you have read the article is the headline was ex player of Bromley jailed? Local papers will away's link a national story with a local interest. Nothing wrong with that. ComeOnCounty
  • Score: 2

7:08pm Sat 21 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

Hey it wouldn't be the South Wales Argus if it didn't try and carnalise anything to do with Newport Count,Kevin Stephens, anyone?
Hey it wouldn't be the South Wales Argus if it didn't try and carnalise anything to do with Newport Count,Kevin Stephens, anyone? DDDog1
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