Stevenage defender Jon Ashton has been awarded £30,000 in damages after a newspaper accused him of match-fixing.

The 31-year-old, who captained the side last season, was given the money by The Manchester Evening Post after they used a photo of Ashton alongside a match-fixing article that was published online on December 8th 2013.

An apology was issued to the player, which read: “On 8 December 2013 we published an article about an allegation of match-fixing by Cristian Montano, who was then playing for Oldham Athletic FC. The picture that accompanied the article was of Jon Ashton of Stevenage FC.

“This was an error which has now been rectified. Mr Ashton is not connected with this story or any allegation of match-fixing. We apologise to Mr Ashton for our mistake and the embarrassment and confusion caused as a result.”

Jon Ashton said: “I am pleased that the Manchester Evening News has now apologised for wrongly identifying me in its story, and agreed to pay damages and my legal costs. It’s good to have set the record straight.”

The defender joined Boro in 2009 and has made 213 appearances, scoring five goals.

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