Footballers appear in court

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Footballers appear in court

Footballers Bruce Grobbelaar, John Fashanu and Hans Segers faced allegations of match-fixing yesterday when they appeared in court at the start of a committal hearing. They arrived at Eastleigh magistrates court, in Hampshire, to be charged - along with Malaysian businessman Heng Suan Lim - of conspiring together between 1 February 1991 and 15 March 1995 to corruptly give or accept money as inducements to influence the outcome of football matches or as rewards for having done so.

Fashanu, 32, the ex-England and Aston Villa striker is charged with corruptly giving Grobbelaar pounds 40,000 for influencing the outcome of the Liverpool v Newcastle United game on 21 November, 1993, which Liverpool lost 3-0. He is also accused of giving Segers, the Wimbledon goalkeeper, pounds 19,000 for improperly influencing the Wimbledon v Liverpool match on 22 October, 1994. Wimbledon lost 3-0. Grobbelaar, 38, and Segers, 33, are charged with corruptly accepting the money. Reporting restrictions were not lifted and bail was granted. The hearing resumes today.

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