Young Maltese Players Banned For Match FIxing

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 -
Young Maltese Players Banned For Match FIxing

There are many incredible opportunities for the young athlete today but there is always a few players  who want to take advantage of those opportunities and cheat. Spoiling a promising career by taking the corrupt path is not the most intelligent move for those involved in organized sport. Match fixing hurts everyone and creates distrust for everyone.

European football’s governing body UEFA has issued a ban to six Maltese under 21 players after finding them guilty of match-fixing.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body ruled that Emanuel Briffa and Kyle Cesare will both receive lifetime prohibition from the professional game of football after it was ruled they “acted in a manner that is likely to exert an unlawful or undue influence on the course and/or result of a match or competition with a view to gaining an advantage for himself or a third party.”

Activities during Malta’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017 qualification matches against Montenegro on March 23, 2016, and the Czech Republic on March 29 in the same year were under investigation resulting in the forever ban of the players.

Others included in the crackdown include Samir Arab who will serve a two-year ban from the game after “not immediately and voluntarily informing UEFA if approached in connection with activities aimed at influencing in an unlawful or undue manner the course and/or result of a match or competition.” Llywelyn Cremona and Luke Montebello both received a 12-month ban for the same offence.  

Ryan Camenzuli has received an 18-month ban from the sport for contravening the rules. UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body also investigated Matthew Cremona, but chose disciplinary proceedings against him while allowing him to still play. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin described match-fixing “a disease that attacks football’s very core. ”





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