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Players bailed after hearing

Two non-league footballers at the centre of an alleged match-fixing scandal have been given unconditional bail and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court at 10am on Friday.

Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 and from the Croydon area of London, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud bookmakers in Manchester between 1 and 26 Nov 2013.

They appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court where it was also put to them they had been charged with conspiring to defraud bookmakers along with two Singaporean nationals, Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan.

Boateng and Adelakun were playing for Brighton-based Conference South club Whitehawk when the accusations came to light, although the duo have since been sacked.

The hearing begin at 2pm but was delayed for legal arguments before proceedings resumed at 2:35pm, when the pair spoke to confirm their name, address and occupation.

Sankaran and Ganeshan did not appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today but will instead appear at the city's Crown Court on Friday.

In a separate investigation five footballers, including Blackburn striker DJ Campbell, and a businessman have been bailed until April as The National Crime Agency examines evidence of spot-fixing provided by the Sun on Sunday.