Former Rotherham United striker Delroy Facey jailed for match fixing

BEST QUAILTY AVAILABLE'National Crime Agency undated handout photo of former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey  who was convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot at Birmingham Crown Court.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during an 18-year career, denied being part of a conspiracy to bribe lower league footballers. See PA story COURTS Bribery. Photo credit should read: NCA/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
BEST QUAILTY AVAILABLE'National Crime Agency undated handout photo of former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey who was convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot at Birmingham Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during an 18-year career, denied being part of a conspiracy to bribe lower league footballers. See PA story COURTS Bribery. Photo credit should read: NCA/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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Former Rotherham United footballer Delroy Facey has been jailed for two and a half years for match fixing.

The striker has become the highest-profile player to be convicted of the offence after he was found guilty of conspiracy to bribe non-league players at Birmingham Crown Court.

BEST QUAILTY AVAILABLE'National Crime Agency undated handout photo of Former non-league player Moses Swaibu who along with Delroy Facey  were  convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot at Birmingham Crown Court.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during an 18-year career, denied being part of a conspiracy to bribe lower league footballers. See PA story COURTS Bribery. Photo credit should read: NCA/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

BEST QUAILTY AVAILABLE'National Crime Agency undated handout photo of Former non-league player Moses Swaibu who along with Delroy Facey were convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot at Birmingham Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during an 18-year career, denied being part of a conspiracy to bribe lower league footballers. See PA story COURTS Bribery. Photo credit should read: NCA/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

He had denied any wrong-doing during a three-week trial, claiming he thought two corrupt businessmen offering him up to £15,000 for his part in the plot were ‘class clowns’ whom he decided to ‘humour’.

Judge Mary Stacey said Facey’s offences struck ‘at the very heart of football’.

She said: “You have been a role model, but you have abused that position.”

The trial heard Facey – who signed a two-year contract with The Millers in 2006 – 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 Football Conference teams would ‘do’ a game in return for payment.

Facey’s co-accused, former non-league player Moses Swaibu, of Tooley Street, Bermondsey, south London, was convicted of the same charge.

Judge Stacey, sentencing both men, said: “It’s about the fans of the teams involved, the families who follow the fortunes of their teams with passion, loyalty and devotion.

“They assume that all the players in those teams will be sharing in that and playing their hardest and best.

“It’s also about the employees and staff, groundsmen, coaches, the cleaners, even the owners and share-holders, the match stewards - many of whom will have been volunteers.

“You have betrayed all that trust, all that confidence, and it’s like a cancer at the heart of football.”

She said the pair were ‘both willing participants’ but that Facey had been ‘far more the initiator and prime-mover, expending far more of your time on this enterprise - even when you were at work.’

She added: “You, Delroy Facey, played not only in the Premiership but also internationally for Grenada and had the opportunity to work with managers such as Sam Allardyce and Sven Goran-Eriksson, and so many people would have given their eye teeth to play football at that professional standard that you had.”