Ex-Eagles Midfielder Dickson Etuhu Charged With Bribery
Dickson Etuhu, the former Nigeria midfielder who played for Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham, and now works as a football agent, has been charged after an 18-month investigation.
The Times revealed last year that he was at the centre of the investigation by Swedish police targeting organised crime.
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.
Swedish authorities became aware of the allegations and cancelled the game.
Swedish FA Secretary-General Hakan Sjostrand claimed a “very large amount of money” had been offered as well as a number of “veiled threats”.
Etuhu’s lawyer Johan Akermark denied the allegations to Fotbollskanalen.
He said, “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 ended his career in Sweden after 14 years playing in England and now works as an agent.
He was part of former England manager Roy Hodgson’s Fulham side that finished runners-up in the 2010 Europa League.
Etuhu won 33 caps for his country and represented them at the 2010 World Cup.
Ex-striker Alban Jusufi, who retired in 2013, has also been charged with bribery.