Dickson Etuhu match-fixing trial starts in Sweden on Thursday

SOLNA, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 26: .Dickson Etuhu of AIK before the Allsvenskan match between AIK and IFK Goteborg at Friends arena on October 26, 2015 in Solna, Sweden.  (Photo by Marcus Ericsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)
Image: Dickson Etuhu's match-fixing trial begins in Stockholm on Thursday

Former Premier League player Dickson Etuhu will go on trial in a Swedish court on Thursday to face a charge of match-fixing, which he denies.

Etuhu played for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Sweden, and also featured for Nigeria in the 2010 World Cup.

He is charged with trying to bribe a goalkeeper to fix the result of a league match between his former side, Stockholm AIK, and IFK Gothenburg.

Etuhu in action for AIK of Stockholm
Image: Etuhu in action for AIK

The game was due to be played on May 18, 2017, but was postponed after goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos told AIK he had been approached by Etuhu and another man with a view to fixing the game, according to the 473-page pre-trial protocol.

Etuhu has said his former team-mate must have misunderstood the conversation.

Blackburn were Etuhu's last Premier League team
Image: Blackburn were Etuhu's last Premier League team

"I respect everyone's opinion, but the facts remain the same - it never happened ... It's unbelievable that an ordinary conversation with a friend can lead to something like this," Etuhu told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The offence of gross bribery carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

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Etuhu, 36, and his lawyer Johan Akermark both declined to comment ahead of the trial, being held at the Stockholm District Court

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