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SIX U-21 PLAYERS BANNED FOR MATCH-FIXING

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has banned six Malta Under-21 international players, two for life, for match-fixing offences.

UEFA initiated disciplinary investigations against the seven Malta Under-21 players for allegedly having infringed several provisions of Article 12 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) in connection to potential match-fixing issues.

The investigation related to two UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017 matches played in March by Malta against Montenegro on 23 March 2016 and the Czech Republic on 29 March 2016.

On 14 and 15 December 2017, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body held several hearings to examine the cases of each of the different individuals allegedly involved in match-fixing activities.

On Tuesday, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body announced its decisions following the above mentioned disciplinary proceedings:

- Emanuel Briffa: Art. 12 (2) (a) DR: Lifelong ban from all football related activity for having 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

- Kyle Cesare: Art. 12 (2) (a) DR: Lifelong ban from all football related activity for having 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.

- Samir Arab: Art. 12 (2) (d) DR: 2 year ban (until 31.12.2019) for 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

- Ryan Camenzuli: Art. 12 (2) (d) DR: 1 year 6 months (until 30.06.2019) and community football service for 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: Art. 12 (2) (d) DR: 12 months (until 31.12.2018) and community football service for 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

- Luke Montebello: Art. 12 (2) (d) DR: 12 months (until 31.12.2018) and community football service for 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

- Matthew Cremona: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to close the disciplinary proceedings opened against Mr Cremona. Consequently, the player is allowed to participate in any football activities.

UEFA takes this opportunity to emphasise its commitment to rid football of the scourge of match-fixing ─ described by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin as "a disease that attacks football’s very core”. In this regard, UEFA re-iterates its commitment to eliminating match-fixing from football.
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