TWO footballers from Croydon have been charged today as part of a major investigation into match fixing. Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, play for Brighton-based Conference South club Whitehawk FC. They have been charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law following an ongoing investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The Crown Prosecution Service's Organised Crime Division found sufficient evidence and was satisfied it was in the public interest to authorise the charges, the NCA said in a statement today (December 5). The men have been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on December 11. They are the third and fourth people to be charged in connection with the investigation to date. Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan were charged on November 28 and are currently remanded in custody. Mr Adelakun and Mr Boateng are charged with conspiring together with Mr Sankaran and Mr Ganeshan, and others, to "defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of football matches and placing bets thereon".
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