The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has banned six Malta under-21 international players, two of them for life, for match-fixing offences.
UEFA initiated disciplinary investigations against the seven Malta under-21 players for allegedly having broken several provisions of Article 12 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations 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.
The six players that were disciplined were Emanuel Briffa, Kyle Cesare, Samir Arab, Ryan Camenzuli, Llywelyn Cremona, and Luke Montebello.
Emanuel Briffa and Kyle Cesare have been given a 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 result of a match or competition with a view to gaining an advantage for himself or a third part.
Samir Arab has been given a two year ban 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 has been given a 1 year 6 months ban as well as 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 or result of a match or competition.
Llywelyn Cremona and Luke Montebello has been given a ban for 12 months as well as being sentenced to community football service for not immediately and voluntarily informing UEFA.
Matthew Cremona is allowed to participate in all football activities after the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to close the disciplinary proceedings opened against him.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin called match-fixing “a disease that attacks football’s very core”, and promised further resources dedicated to stopping match-fixing.