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Life ban for Sammut

Monday 3 December 2012 13.30 CET
The UEFA Appeals Body has issued its ruling in the case of Kevin Sammut

Maltese footballer Kevin Sammut has been banned from football-related activity for life for breaching UEFA's principles of integrity and sportsmanship.

Sammut has been banned from exercising any football-related activity for life by the UEFA Appeals Body, for breaching the principles of integrity and sportsmanship laid down in Article 5 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations (involvement in attempting to manipulate the outcome of a match).

The match under investigation was the UEFA European Championship Group C qualifying match between Norway and Malta (4-0) in Oslo on 2 June 2007.

Kevin Sammut had originally been handed a ten-year suspension from exercising any football-related activity by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body on 17 August 2012, a decision which was appealed against by the player himself, as well as by the UEFA Disciplinary Inspector, who requested a life ban to be imposed.

FIFA is requested to extend the present decision so as to give it worldwide effect.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) may be lodged within ten days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.

With regard to the other Malta players Kenneth Scicluna and Stephen Wellman, the Appeals Body considered that the findings of the disciplinary inspector were insufficient to take disciplinary measures.

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