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Sierra Leone goalkeeper Christian Caulker wants match-fixing suspension lifted

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by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jun 20, 2017. 14:30

Following allegations that he was part of a match fixing scandal, Sierra Leone goalkeeper Christian Caulker says the investigation is now overdue.

The outspoken net minder has called on the Sierra Leone Football Association to commence with the the probe now or lift their suspensions.

Caulker was among 15 players and officials suspended by the SLFA over allegations of match-fixing in July 2014.

The IFK Maryland keeper in the USA, Sweden-based Ibrahim Koroma, Samuel Barlay and ex-Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo were alleged to have been involved in match-fixing.

Reports reveal that the quartet are accused of attempting to fix a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and the Leone Stars in Pretoria in 2008 which ended goalless.

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“We are not against any investigation because we know we’re innocent but let them do it now as it’s long overdue,” said Caulker to the BBC.

“If they can’t investigate us let them lift our suspensions as I want to play for my country.

“Three years of our career have already been wasted and we don’t want it to extend any longer.”

Furthermore, the accusations were reportedly due to be investigated by a SLFA-appointed committee headed up by the country’s internal affairs minister Paolo Conteh.

However, the BBC reports that the committee was never fully functional after some of the accused officials and several members of the SLFA failed to recognise its authority.

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