FORMER Wales and Newport County player Mark Aizlewood has appeared in court with five other men in connection with fraud allegations involving football-based apprentice schemes.

The men appeared at Southwark Crown Court today charged in connection with a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the activity of Luis Michael Training Ltd, a company purporting to provide young people with football-based apprenticeship schemes.

Aizlewood, aged 56, originally from Newport but now of Aberdare, along with former Newport County player Paul Anthony Sugrue, 55, from Cardiff; Christopher Paul Martin, 51, from Newbury, England; Keith Anthony Williams, 43, from Anglesey; Steven Paul Gooding, 52, from Bridgwater, England; and Jack William Harper, 29, from Southport, England, are charged with offences ranging from conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, to fraud and using a false instrument.

No pleas were entered at the hearing and they will all next appear in court on October 10.

No trial date has been fixed but it is expected to take place next year and estimated to take 12 weeks.