Former Claret jailed in match fixing probe

Jailed: Former Burnley loan-striker Delroy Facey

Jailed: Former Burnley loan-striker Delroy Facey

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Former Claret Delroy Facey has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after being convicted of match-fixing allegations.

The 35-year-old, who made 16 appearances for the club under Stan Ternent, scoring a hat-trick against Walsall at Turf Moor, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiring to bribe non-league players.

You have been a role model, but you have abused that position

Judge Mary Stacey

Facey, on loan from Bolton Wanderers during his three-month loan spell in 2003, was told by Judge Mary Stacey that his offences struck “at the very heart of football”.

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

Former non-league player Moses Swaibu was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery. He was jailed for 16 months for his part in the conspiracy.

The two were arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into match fixing.

The trial heard Facey 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 some Football Conference teams would “do” a game in return for payment, the jury heard.

In one text conversation in late 2013 Facey tried to corrupt a Hyde FC player, Scott Spencer, by offering him £2,000.