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2 soccer players charged in fixing investigation

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LONDON (AP) -- Two players from the sixth tier of English soccer have been charged with conspiring to fix matches as part of an investigation into a suspected Singapore-based international betting syndicate.

The National Crime Agency says in a statement that prosecutors have found sufficient evidence to charge Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who both play for Conference South team Whitehawk FC, ''with conspiracy to defraud.''

The NCA says Thursday that the players have been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

They are the third and fourth men to be charged in the wake of an undercover operation by Britain's Daily Telegraph, with Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan scheduled to appear at Birmingham Crown Court next week.

A total of seven people were arrested as part of the investigation.

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