A former Rotherham United striker became embroiled in the ‘ugly side’ of football by acting as a ‘middle-man’ for ‘match fixers’, a court heard.
Delroy Facey, aged 34, who signed for the Millers in 2006, is said to have ‘cast his net around’ for players willing to take part in a plot to fix lower league matches.
Facey, who also played for Bolton in the Premier League, denies conspiracy to commit bribery and is on trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside former non-league player Moses Swaibu.
Prosecutor Nick Mather said: “It’s described sometimes as the beautiful game but football has an ugly side to it as well.”
Match-fixers Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan were found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery at a previous trial and it is alleged Swaibu was one of the players they had tried to corrupt.
The crown alleges the plot – which aimed to profit from rigged bets – targeted the lower leagues because of the high level of scrutiny in the Premier League.
Mr Mather said Facey was ‘a middleman, a fixer’ adding: “He was somebody who cast his net around to find players who might be willing to take part in match-fixing.”
By the time of the alleged conspiracy in November 2013, Facey was earning considerably less than he did at the height of his career, when he was on £65,000 a week.
Mr Mather said: “That may well have been his motivation, the prosecution say, for what took place.”
The trial continues.