Retired Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been banned from football in Sweden for five years over match-fixing.
The 37-year-old former Nigerian international footballer was accused of offering a bribe to his former AIK Stockholm team mate and reserve goalkeeper, Kenny Stamatopoulos to fix a game against Gothenburg in May 2017.
Etuhu was fined and ordered to serve a period of probation but avoided a prison sentence, with his lawyers still planning to take his case to Sweden’s supreme court.
Etuhu denied involvement but after a lengthy investigation, he was found guilty in November 2019.
Now, The Swedish Football Association has placed a 5 year ban on Etuhu and the former IFK Rössjöholm player Alban Jusufi for “deliberately trying to persuade an Allsvenskan player to underperform in one of their team’s matches”.
The football association announced: “The suspension means that the convicted person is not allowed to participate in any form of organised sporting activities within any special sports association within the Swedish Sports Federation and the suspension includes training, competition, training and exercising assignments.”
The ban will run till April 13, 2025.