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Monday, 9 December 2013
Match fixing: Former Portsmouth and Nigerian Super Eagles star,SamSodje and brother arrested
The arrests came after Sodje, 34, was filmed claiming he could arrange for players to pick up yellow cards in exchange for cash
The former Premier League star was arrested at dawn today over shock match fixing
Ex-Portsmouth star Sam Sodje and his brother Stephen were held by cops investigating football corruption.
Nigeria-born Sodje demanded £30,000 for a booking and £50,000 for a player to get a red card during a match.
He even claimed he punched a player in the groin during a match to be deliberately sent off - and pick up a £70,000 bung.
The former Reading and Brentford defender also boasted that he could rig Premier League and World Cup games.
He said some African players could be easily tempted because they do not get paid much to represent their national teams.
The brothers were arrested by detectives from the National Crime Agency at their homes in Abbeywood, south London.
Cops were seen carrying away evidence, including a desktop computer, from Stephen’s £120,000 home.
Oldham Athletic star Cristian Montano, 21, was also filmed discussing match-fixing in the sting.
He was caught on tape apologising for failing to pick up a booking for cash during a game.
Another of Sodje’s brothers, Akpo, 33, who plays for Tranmere Rovers, was also captured discussing spot-fixing.
Sodje told an undercover investigator that he had “sorted” one former Premier League player to deliberately pick up a booking.
He said the star, who cannot be named, received £30,000 in exchange for the yellow card during a Championship match.
“This guy came to meet me at my house and it was sorted,” boasted the former Nigeria international.
“That’s how easy it is - it’s nothing. The booking one is easy. You just push someone, swear at the referee, kick the ball away.
Investigation is still ongoing.
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