Man, 33, charged with matchfixing

A MAN living in Hastings has appeared in court charged with plotting to defraud bookmakers following a National Crime Agency investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

Chann Sankaran, 33, of Hawthorn Road, appeared before Cannock Magistrates in Staffordshire last Friday.

He appeared alongside Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, both originally from Singapore, were not required to enter any plea during a five-minute hearing.

Sankaran wore a hooded Manchester United training jacket.

He and his co-accused were both remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court next Friday (December 13).

Both men are accused of conspiring together and with others to commit fraud between November 1 and November 26 this year.

The conspiracy is alleged to have taken place in Manchester and in other areas.

The charged relates to defrauding bookmakers by “influencing the course” of football matches.

Defence lawyer Paul Jenkins told the court both defendants intended to apply for bail at a future date.

Sankaran, a Singapore national, and Ganeshan, who has dual UK and Singapore nationality, were each charged with a single count of conspiracy last Thursday.

They were among six people arrested earlier this week as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into an international betting syndicate based in Singapore.

A seventh man has since been arrested.

The suspect and four others were bailed last Thursday pending further enquiries.