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Football: Jail terms for three over match-fixing in England

Published on Jun 20, 2014 9:48 PM

(REUTERS) - Two businessmen have been sentenced to five years in prison and a footballer for 16 months in relation to England's biggest football match-fixing scandal for over 50 years.

Chann Sankaran, 33, a Singaporean, and Krishna Ganeshan, 44, a Briton who was born in Sri Lanka, were convicted at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday on conspiracy to commit bribery and were handed five-year jail terms at sentencing on Friday.

Michael Boateng, a former player for sixth-tier Conference South side Whitehawk in Brighton, was convicted of conspiring to offer, promise or give a financial advantage to other persons and was jailed for 16 months.

Another footballer, Hakeem Adelakun, was cleared while a fifth man will face a retrial after the jury was discharged from reaching a verdict.

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