- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a case against 13 footballers investigated over spot fixing allegations after considering the reliability of evidence from an undercover reporter known as the “Fake Sheikh.”

The Crown Prosecution Service says there was “insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction” following the collapse of the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos, a singer and former judge on the ‘X-Factor’ talent show.

The judge in that case said Mazher Mahmood, a journalist with The Sun newspaper who specializes in undercover stings while disguised as a wealthy Arab businessman, probably lied under oath.

Prosecutors say the “reliability of the evidence of one alleged witness” in the fixing sting was considered before dropping the case.

Two former Premier League players, D.J. Campbell and Sam Sodje, were among the 13 footballers investigated.

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