Ex-Owls striker ‘could be paid to be booked’

Akpo Sodje.
Akpo Sodje.
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A former Sheffield Wednesday star has been named in a scandal surrounding the fixing of football matches.

Striker Akpo Sodje, now at Tranmere Rovers, is reported to have said he would be prepared to be paid to be booked.

The 33-year-old made more than 40 appearances for the Owls between 2007 and 2010, scoring nine goals,

Three people are in police custody after a former Portsmouth player told an undercover reporter he had been involved in fixing football matches.

The National Crime Agency said it had acted on information passed on by the newspaper.

The newspaper reported an investigator met former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje, Akpo’s brother, who allegedly said he could arrange for footballers in the Championship to get themselves a yellow card in return for tens of thousands of pounds.

The 34-year-old also claimed he could rig Premier League games and even said he was preparing to fix matches at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Portsmouth Football Club said it was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the claims.

The three people being held have not been named.

It was also reported that Oldham Athletic player Cristian Montano failed to get a yellow card in return for money in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on October – and offered to take part in another rigging incident.

Oldham said it would be holding an investigation.

An NCA spokeswoman said: “An active NCA investigation is under way and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.

“Three people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers.”