A third UK footballer has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into match-fixing, with the player alleged to be connected to an international illegal betting syndicate.
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has charged Moses Swaibu, who most recently played for sixth tier club Whitehawk FC, with conspiracy to defraud. The player is now due to appear in court on January 21st.
Swaibu becomes the third former Whitehawk player to be charged as part of the investigation, after Hakeem Adelakun and Michael Boateng were also charged with conspiracy to defraud in December 2013. The pair were arrested after two individuals, Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, were charged in November.
The four have been accused of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and betting on the outcomes, between January 1st 2013 and November 26th.
Both Adelakun and Boateng have since been sacked by their club.
The footballers are thought to be connected to an international betting syndicate, which is the subject of an investigation by the NCA, in connection with the UK Gambling Commission and Football Association.
Six people were originally arrested as part of the investigation in November, including Delroy Facey, a former Premier League footballer and current football agent.
The investigation was prompted by a sting operation carried out by the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Undercover reporters secretly filming a Singapore-based fixer managed to record the individual claiming to be able to fix the result of a lower-league football match for £50,000.