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Two sacked by Whitehawk following match-fixing charge

6 December 2013 15:46

Two Whitehawk players charged in relation to match-fixing have been sacked by the Conference South club.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed on Thursday.

And Whitehawk, who insist that they had no knowledge of the players' alleged actions, moved to dismiss the pair on Friday.

Whitehawk director Mark Turner said in a statement on the club's official website: "The board are disappointed by these allegations and have taken steps to protect the club."

He added to Perform: "The club were aware of something last week and the players did not train last Tuesday.

"They were suspended last week and notified both verbally and in writing that the club needed to be kept aware of events.

"It is an internal matter. The players failed to contact us, we actually found out from a tweet by the BBC. They (the players) then failed to respond to our calls."

A total of seven people have been taken into custody by the NCA as part of an operation centring on possible illegal betting activity on football matches.

Boateng and Adelakun, both 22, stand accused of attempting to "defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon" as part of a betting syndicate based in Singapore.

The pair are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court next week.

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