Former Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been banned for five years for match-fixing in Sweden. He allegedly offered AIK keeper £160k to underperform.
It was reported that Etuhu and Jusufi met the AIK goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos on 16 May 2017 at a Stockholm restaurant, where the bribery attempt took place.
The ban cuts across all football activities in Sweden. He had
represented seven clubs in England and also played 33 times for the Super Eagles.
The prolific midfielder who played for Manchester City, Preston, Sunderland and Fulham also featured for the Super Eagles between 2007 and 2011, including all three of their matches at South Africa 2010 World Cup.
In November 2019, he was found guilty of attempting to fix a match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK in 2017. He was fined and ordered to serve a period of probation but avoided a prison sentence, with his lawyers still planning to take his case to Sweden’s supreme court.
However, the Swedish Football Association has now taken action to ban the 37-year-old Etuhu and the former IFK Rössjöholm player Alban Jusufi for “deliberately trying to persuade an Allsvenskan player to underperform in one of their team’s matches”.