Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Anichebe has set tongues wagging in a mammoth controversy, after footballlive.ng learnt he accused officials at his new club, Beijing Enterprises of match fixing.
Anichebe joined the Beijing-based club this summer, but he has not wasted time in falling out with the team, as he says he does not want to be part of their alleged underground schemes.
It is not the first allegation of match-fixing in Chinese football, as the FA fined 12 top-flight clubs and banned 58 officials, players and referees for match-fixing and bribery after a three-year investigation in 2013.
Consequently, world soccer governing body, FIFA are investigating the latest allegations of match-fixing made by Anichebe against his club.
Incidentally, the former Everton and West Bromwich Albion of England striker was part of Nigeria’s silver winning squad at Beijing 2008 Olympics in the same country where he now plies ghis trade.
Fondly called ‘The Beast,’ Anichebe joined the China League One side from Sunderland of England, but the 30-year-old has been in dispute with the second-tier club since last October.
Footballlive.ng gathered further that he made the accusation of match fixing against the club after he was allegedly told by coaches “not to try” on two separate occasions.
Anichebe’s lawyer, Chris Farnell disclosed: “We have been instructed to approach Beijing’s general manager on the player’s behalf.
“But, to date, his appeals for action have been ignored on two occasions. We have since reported the matter to the appropriate associations.”