Man, 33, remanded into custody over matchfixing charge

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A HASTINGS man was remanded into custody today charged with taking part in a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers by fixing football matches.

Chann Sankaran, of Hawthorns Road, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court alongside footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeen Adelakun and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan.

The four were charged in connection with a National Crime Agency inquiry into alleged football match-fixing.

It is alleged that former Whitehawk FC players Boateng, 22, of Davidson Road, Croydon and Adelakun, 22, of Mayfield Crescent, Thornton - and Ganeshan, 43, and Sankaran, 33, all conspired to influence the course of football matches.

All four appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today for a short 10-minute preliminary hearing.

The conspiracy is alleged to have taken place in Manchester and elsewhere between November 1 and November 26 this year.

Boateng wore a dark brown jacket and jeans.

Adelakun wore a light grey zip-up top.

Both men appeared on unconditional bail and stared straight ahead throughout the proceedings.

Sankaran, appeared wearing a Manchester United-branded coat.

Ganeshan wore a striped formal shirt and a light grey overcoat and both men were remanded into custody.

The four will next appear back at the same court to enter their pleas on March 7 next year.

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

They were among six people arrested last month as part of a NIA investigation into an international betting syndicate based in Singapore.

A seventh was man was arrested earlier this month.