Monday 23 April 2018

Cricket scandal: Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif found guilty

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif could face jail sentences for their part in a spot-fixing conspiracy at the Lord’s Test against England last summer, following a four-week trial at Southwark Crown Court.

After 16 hours of deliberation, former captain Butt was found guilty of conspiracy of cheat at gambling, and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

Asif was found guilty of conspiracy to cheat at gambling. On the charge of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, the jury could not reach a verdict on Asif. The jury are still deliberating on that more serious charge.

Butt and Asif become the first sportsmen convicted in the UK courts for cheating since three professional footballers, including two Sheffield Wednesday players, were jailed for betting against their team to lose in 1964.

The two players have already been banned for lengthy terms by the International Cricket Council, which found them guilty of breaching its anti-corruption code at a disciplinary hearing in January.

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