Former Premier League star Delroy Facey is jailed for conspiracy
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.