There are shocking claims that ex-Manchester City and Super Eagles defender, Dickson Etuhu has been charged with bribery over match-fixing investigation.

The former Nigeria international, who spent 14 years playing in England for City, Preston, Norwich, Fulham, Blackburn and Sunderland, has also reportedly been charged with a minor drugs offence in Sweden.

The 36-year-old Nigerian, who denies the claim, has been charged after an 18-month investigation in Sweden.

The Times reports the Etuhu has been accused of offering a bribe to his former AIK Stockholm team-mate Kenny Stamatopoulos to fix a match against Gothenburg last year.

Swedish authorities became aware of the allegations and cancelled the game.

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Swedish FA’s secretary general Hakan Sjostrand claimed a “very large amount of money” had been offered as well as a number of “veiled threats”.

Etuhu’s lawyer Johan Akermark denied the allegations to Fotbollskanalen.

He said: “He has not offered any bribe and he does not know anything about any bribe. He had a snack with the AIK goalkeeper, they knew each other and used to meet for lunch.

“He has an explanation of what happened and we will present it during the trial.”

Etuhu ended his career in Sweden after 14 years playing in England and now works as an agent.

He was part of former England manager Roy Hodgson’s Fulham side that finished runners-up in the 2010 Europa League.

Etuhu won 33 caps for Nigeria and was part of the Super Eagles team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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