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Name: John Fashanu  
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Date of Birth: 18th September 1962
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Profession: Footballer
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John Fashanu (born September 18, 1962) is a British television presenter and ex-footballer. He was a strong centre-forward with a powerful physical presence.

Fashanu's footballing career began at Norwich City in 1979. He had brief loan spell with Crystal Palace before joining Lincoln City and later Millwall. His fame grew considerably from 1986 when he joined Wimbledon, at that time the self-proclaimed "Crazy Gang" which had gained several promotions in rapid succession. In 1988, Fashanu helped Wimbledon win the FA Cup, beating Liverpool in a final that was billed as a "rags versus riches" affair. Fashanu claimed two England caps - against Chile and Scotland in a friendly tournament in May 1989.

In the summer of 1994 Fashanu moved to Aston Villa. In 1995 he hit the front pages as well as the back when The Sun published allegations of match-fixing against Fashanu, fellow Wimbledon player Hans Segers and Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar. Although all three players were eventually cleared of the allegations, they were ordered to pay their own legal costs.

Following retirement from the game through injury, Fashanu became a television presenter. He presented the UK edition of Gladiators alongside Ulrika Jonsson in the late 1990s. In 2003 he came second in the second series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. Later that year he presented Fash's Football Challenge, a reality television show that followed Fashanu managing an amateur football team.

Since retirement Fashanu has also maintained his sporting connections, becoming involved with the Nigerian Football Association, and as chairman of Welsh football team Barry Town.

John is the younger brother of Justin Fashanu, and controversially told 'The Voice' magazine: "My gay brother is an outcast".

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