Dickson Etuhu given 5-year ban for match-fixing
Any residual hopes that Dickson Etuhu may have had of playing football in Sweden are now over.
On Thursday, the Swedish FA have handed 37-year-old Dickson Etuhu a 5-year ban from all footballing activities in the country.
That’s after Etuhu had been found guilty of match-fixing attempts back in 2017.
What did Dickson Etuhu do in 2017?
Dickson Etuhu stands guilty of attempting to fix the match between IFK Gothenburg and AIK back in 2017.
At the time, the match was cancelled after authorities were alerted to the match-fixing attempt.
Back in November 2019, the Court Of Appeal in Stockholm said:
What preceded the meeting and what was said at the meeting must be seen in a context.
In the opinion of the court, Kenny Stamatopoulos has clearly been offered an improper benefit.
Swedish FA statement on Dickson Etuhu
The Swedish FA have today released the following statement regarding Dickson Etuhu:
The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches.
Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years.
The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports.
Dickson Etuhu’s ban from football in Sweden will end on April 13, 2025.
Efter hovrättens dom – nu bestraffar även SvFF den förre mittfältaren. https://t.co/SrXOOgMxXD
— Fotboll Sthlm (@FotbollSthlm) April 16, 2020
Ex-Man City, Sunderland & Nigerian international
Dickson Etuhu had a 14-year-long career in England, playing for seven clubs in the process.
His career began back in 2000 when he signed for Man City. But after only making 12 appearances for the club, he left Man City to join Preston.
At PNE, Dickson Etuhu made over 130 appearances. After spending time on loan at Norwich in 2006, Etuhu then switched to the Canaries.
The midfielder signed for Sunderland in 2007. Etuhu only spent one year with the Black Cats before he jumped ship from Sunderland to move to Fulham.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) April 28, 2016
Etuhu stayed at Craven Cottage from 2008-2012, before playing two seasons with Blackburn Rovers.
In 2015, the Nigerian international who played for his country at the 2010 World Cup, joined AIK.
This article was edited by Ben Green.