Nigeria Keeper Austin Ejide scored an own goal during Scotland and Nigeria‘s entertaining 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage, just one day after British police investigated allegations of attempted match-fixing on that very same match.
Ejide appeared to deliberately throw the ball into his net, but referee Lee Probert disallowed the goal for a supposed push by Blackburn defender Grant Hanley. Earlier, British police confirmed they are looking into allegations of attempted match-fixing involving a friendly between Scotland and Nigeria to be played in London on Wednesday. The National Crime Agency, United Kingdom’s equivalent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), were reported to be investigating the potential case involving the Asian betting market.
Did Ejide actually throw the ball in his own net?
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was quick to deny that his side were, or would ever be, caught up in a match-fixing scandal.
He said: ‘We did (talk about it) because it’s something ridiculous, something that we don’t know where it’s coming from. We’re not gamblers, we are football players. I don’t even know where that is coming from, we don’t know what happened, match fixing or no match fixing.
‘This is the first time I’ve been a coach or been a player and the first time I’m hearing this, match-fixing. I don’t think it had anything to do with our build-up or the game.’