Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europe

Kevin Sammut © Action Images

Uefa hands out life ban to Maltese star

Uefa has increased Malta defender Kevin Sammut's match-fixing ban from 10 years to life, European soccer's governing body said on Monday.

The player was found guilty of match-fixing over the Euro 2008 qualifier between Norway and Malta, a game his country lost 4-0.

"Sammut has been banned from exercising any football-related activity for life by the Uefa appeals body," Uefa said in a statement.

A Uefa control and disciplinary body hearing in August handed out the original 10-year ban but the player and the governing body's disciplinary inspector requested an appeal and that was where the life ban was imposed.

Fifa, world football's ruling body, has been asked to make it a worldwide suspension.

Players union FIFPro had previously expressed concern the case against Sammut, 31, was based largely on the evidence of a member of a criminal gambling syndicate and questioned whether Uefa was capable of handling such an issue.

Sammut has 10 days to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk

Dr Errol Sweeney
14-year-old ref racially abused
We are constantly told that football is the most popular sport in the world and, to a large extent,...

Sunday Oliseh
Coaching Eagles: What they won’t tell you
Two days after starting as chief coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria a representative of a major...

Segun Odegbami
Nigeria needs something valid to celebrate
The Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium erupted in an orgy of celebration after Nigeria beat Swaziland 2-0.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Mourinho and Rooney at crossroads
It was after a goalless draw at Old Trafford in the second match of the ill-judged season of David...