Malta midfielder handed 10-year suspension

'I personally believe there had to be more players involved' says Malta president Norman Demajo on latest fixing scandal

    Kevin Sammut (R) claims he knows nothing of match-fixing claims that also named several other players [GETTY]
    Kevin Sammut (R) claims he knows nothing of match-fixing claims that also named several other players [GETTY]

    Malta international midfielder Kevin Sammut has been given a 10-year suspension by European soccer's governing body UEFA after being found guilty of match-fixing in the Euro 2008 qualifier between Norway and Malta.

    The match ended in a 4-0 win for Norway, who scored three times in the last 18 minutes. Sammut, one of three players cited in the ruling by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Board, was substituted at halftime.

    UEFA said there was not enough evidence to enforce bans against the other players named in the case.

    "The whistleblower in this case originally claimed that four players were involved. I personally believe you can't fix a game with one player"

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo 

    Sammut, 31, told a news conference he intended to appeal the sentence which his legal team claimed was "blatantly unjust".

    "Some have said it would be better if I unmasked other people and get myself a discounted sentence. But I know nothing. I did nothing. What can I reveal? Believe me, I don't know," the Valletta FC player said.

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo told a news conference on Monday he believed more than one player was involved in the scandal in which $250,000 were placed as bets on the game.

    "Regarding the outcome, I personally believe there had to be more players involved. But we need to respect the decision of UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body and in the absence of proof it would be unfair to arrive at any further conclusion," he said.

    "The whistleblower in this case originally claimed that four players were involved. I personally believe you can't fix a game with one player."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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