Retired Super Eagles midfielder Dickson Etuhu has been banned from all football for five years over his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Sweden.
The 37-year-old former Nigeria international 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.
Stamatopoulos was understood to have been offered around £180,000 to under-perform after an injury to the club’s No1 and flagged the approach, meaning the match was postponed.
Etuhu denied involvement but after a lengthy investigation, he was found guilty in November 2019.
And the Swedish FA came down hard by slapping him with the five-year ban but he avoided a prison sentence.
It means Etuhu will not be allowed to play any part in football in Sweden until April 13, 2025.
Ex-striker Alban Jusufi, who retired in 2013, has also been banned.
A statement from the Swedish FA read: “The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches.
“Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years.
“The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports.”
Etuhu started his career with Manchester City but left for Preston in 2002 after making just 13 first-team appearances before a spells at Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and AIK.
Etuhu made 33 appearances before quitting from international football in 2011 after featuring in two Africa Cup of Nations and 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.