Swedish Police Investigating Ex-Eagles Star Etuhu For Match Fixing Allegations
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu is reported to be ‘at the centre’ of an investigation into alleged football match fixing which is fast becoming one of the biggest scandals ever to hit European football.
Etuhu, who has played for Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham among other English clubs has been questioned by police in Sweden over allegations, which he reportedly denies.
The Times claims that he attended an interview voluntarily and was quizzed under caution about Gothenburg’s postponed match against AIK Stockholm in May.
The match, one of the biggest of the season in the Swedish top-flight league – was called off after AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told authorities he’d been approached two days before kick-off by an unnamed former team-mate.
The 38-year-old Greek-Canadian reserve keeper claimed that he was offered around £180,000 to ‘under-perform’ when he was due to step in after an injury to the club’s number one.
Wages in Sweden are considerably less than in the Premier League – with players earning around £2,000 a week. The Swedish FA’s secretary general Hakan Sjostrand claimed the person at the centre of the allegations was offered a “very large amount of money” and talked of alleged “veiled threats”.
He told The Times: “It was a mixture of money and concrete threats, special circumstances that convinced me that we cannot play this match. We needed to protect this goalkeeper – what would happen if he made a mistake.
“This was important for the game and the reputation of football. It is not football that creates this match-fixing problem, it is betting.” Quizzed on Swedish TV, Stamatopoulos said only: “I just hope the right thing happens.
“What happened was a shock and now the procedure has been dealt with in a good manner and I just hope the outcome is good, of any kind that is.” Etuhu, who finished his playing career at AIK in 2016 – currently works as a football agent.
The Times reports that Etuhu was interviewed under caution by detectives working for a specialist unit set up in Sweden ‘to investigate sports-related organised crime’. A decision on charges, if any, is expected within weeks.
He played a handful of matches for Man City before joining Preston North End in 2002 – and then after Sunderland joined Fulham for whom he made 91 league appearances from 2008-2012 before moving to Blackburn Rovers.
Etuhu made 33 appearances for Nigeria, and also featured in its 2010 World Cup squad, before joining AIK in 2014.