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Sunday 4 December 2016

Former Premier League star Delroy Facey is jailed for conspiracy

Bolton Wanderers' Delroy Facey (front) battling with Sunderland's Phil Babb, as former Premier League striker Facey has been convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot
Bolton Wanderers' Delroy Facey (front) battling with Sunderland's Phil Babb, as former Premier League striker Facey has been convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot

A former Premier League striker has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after becoming the highest-profile player to be convicted of match-fixing allegations.

Delroy Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Brom and Hull, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court earlier of conspiracy to bribe non-league players.

Judge Mary Stacey said Facey's offences struck "at the very heart of football".

"You have been a role model, but you have abused that position," she added.

The trial heard that Facey urged a footballer at a struggling non-league club to make some "easy money" by fixing the result of a match. He also told a contact that some Conference teams would "do" a game in return for payment.

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