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29 Nov 2013 12:16:54

Two in court over 'match-fix' case

Two men have appeared in court charged with plotting to defraud bookmakers after a National Crime Agency investigation into alleged football match-fixing.

Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, both originally from Singapore, were not required to enter any plea during a five-minute hearing at Cannock Magistrates' Court in Staffordshire.

Sankaran, wearing a hooded Manchester United training jacket, and his co-accused were both remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on December 13.

Ganeshan, 43, of Hougang Avenue, Singapore, and Sankaran, 33, of Hawthorn Road, Hastings, East Sussex, 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 elsewhere with the aim of 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 on 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 and he and four others were bailed on Thursday pending further inquiries.


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