Michael Boateng Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

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Update from Friday, June 20

Prison sentences were handed down on Friday to the men found guilty of attempting to fix football matches.

Businessmen Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan, and footballer Michael Boateng, all received punishment. BBC News provides the details:

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan were convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery and sentenced to five years.

Former Whitehawk FC defender Michael Boateng was sentenced to 16 months.

Hakeem Adelakun, who also played for the Brighton club, was cleared following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court.


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Michael Boateng has reportedly been found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in football, according to Sky Sports News: 

The little known right-back, born in London, was part of a trial alongside other professionals that also included footballers Hakeem Adelakun and Moses Swaibu, reported by Ben Rumsby of the Telegraph. While Adelakun has been cleared of charges, others are set to be punished, reported by Sky Sports:

Zora Suleman of the BBC confirms Swaibu is yet to receive a final verdict:

Boateng, whose career looks to be over at the age of 22, worked his way through eight clubs since 2010. He has played for the likes of Bromley, Sutton United, Newport County and most recently Conference South team Whitehawk before being sacked as the trial became public. Boateng started his youth career with Crystal Palace prior to a spell with Woking and quick blast through the lower echelons of English football.

In December, Steve Nolan of the Daily Mail detailed how Boateng and the other aforementioned footballers were accused of "conspiring to defraud bookmakers by placing bets and then influencing the outcome of football matches."

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Although the players' names are unlikely to be known by the majority of football fans, the case is likely to set a precedent as the National Crime Agency looks to crack down on potential cheating in football. Boateng's lack of stature in the sport shouldn't be dismissed: he is a player who has been involved with professional teams and could have easily affected matches of a higher standing.

While his punishment is yet to become public knowledge, the maximum sentence for such a crime is 10 years in prison, noted by Nolan. Such a measure highlights the importance of eradicating deliberate defrauding from the sport, as many others could have felt the impact of Boateng's actions if his attempt paid off.