Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has described the match-fixing and fraud charges brought against his brothers as a witch-hunt.

Sam added that he was cleared on Monday of all the allegations of money laundering levelled against him.

The Sodjes brothers were reported to have siphoned off cash from their own charity set up to help children in Nigeria.

Former professional footballers Efe and Stephen Sodje, along with brother Bright, were given prison sentences for fraud last year, it can now be reported.

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The three brothers were found to have siphoned off more than £60,000 given to the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF), a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation found.

They were jailed in September 2017 – Efe Sodje for 18 months, Bright Sodje for 21 months, and Stephen Sodje for two years and six months – at the Central Criminal Court in relation to the fraud.

A judge at the same court on Monday lifted reporting restrictions preventing publication of the result of that trial, following the completion of a number of linked legal proceedings.

Speaking with The Cable, Sam Sodje said the charges brought against him and his brothers are lies.

Sam said:  “All these talks and crime they brought against my brothers are all lies. They are not really the ones they targeted but me – Sam Sodje. This is the highest witch hunt ever. It is all cooked up because the journalist that set me up on the match-fixing/money laundering scandal was jailed for fake news. 

"The one we called ‘fake sheikh’. Mazher Mahmoud is a well known journalist always setting up top people. He has been in this business for over 30 years. If it was true, why is it that it was the journalist that went to prison and not me?"

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