Malta player banned for 10 years

(AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, file)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA has banned Malta player Kevin Sammut for 10 years for helping to fix a 2008 European Championship qualifying match, the Malta Football Association said Monday.

One of the highest-level prosecutions of football corruption followed claims made by members of a Croatian crime syndicate who stood trial for match-fixing last year in Bochum, Germany.

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

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