Malta player banned for 10 years for Euro 2008 fix

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 8:00 AM

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Malta's soccer association says UEFA banned its player Kevin Sammut for 10 years for helping to fix a 2008 European Championship qualifying match.

Sammut has denied helping to manipulate the result of Malta's 4-0 loss away to Norway in June 2007.

The Malta FA says the UEFA disciplinary verdict bans Sammut from "any football-related activity." The MFA says FIFA will be asked to extend the ban worldwide.

The 31-year-old Sammut can challenge the sanction at UEFA's appeals panel.

UEFA investigated claims made by members of a Croatian syndicate who were convicted of match-fixing last year in Bochum, Germany.

Sammut was substituted at halftime in the Euro 2008 qualifier when Malta trailed 1-0. Norway scored three late goals to boost wagers on how many would be scored.

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