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Two Soccer Players Charged in U.K. Match-Fixing Probe

Two lower-league soccer players were charged in an investigation into match fixing, the U.K.’s National Crime Agency said.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, a pair of 22-year-olds who play for Whitehawk in England’s Conference South league, were charged with “conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law,” the NCA said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

The pair, who are from the Croydon area in southeast London, have been released on bail ahead of a scheduled Dec. 11 court appearance.

Boateng and Adelakun are the third and fourth men to be charged after police made a total of seven arrests last week. Singaporean Chann Sankaran, 33, and U.K. national Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, are being held in custody and are due to appear in court Dec. 13.

Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 26 all four men conspired, alongside others, “to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon,” the NCA said.

Whitehawk, based in Brighton on England’s south coast, is 18th in the Conference South, five tiers below the Premier League.

The Football Association, English soccer’s governing body, didn’t immediately return a request for a comment on the situation.

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