UEFA, through its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has concluded the disciplinary investigations and issued the sentences regarding seven Under 21 Malta players. Subsequently, six out of these seven players have been banned. The investigation went through what happened prior to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017 matches between Malta and Montenegro and Malta against the Czech Republic. Furthermore, according to UEFA these players allegedly infringed provisions of Article 12 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations in connection to potential match-fixing issues.

The case happened in March 2016. The game in question was Malta vs Montenegro played at the Hibernians Stadium. Allegedly, betting syndicates approached various Maltese players to fix the result to a 0-3. Eventually, the game did not go to plan as Malta only lost 0-1. According to MaltaToday, the players implicated in the case were Kyle Cesare, Emanuel Briffa, Ryan Camenzuli, Luke Montebello, Llewellyn Cremona, Matthew Calleja Cremona and Samir Arab.

Moreover, after UEFA conducted hearings in connection to this case last December and investigated each individual regarding the mentioned case, the European footballing body reached out its decisions.

The decisions announced by UEFA

– 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

Furthermore, the decisions taken are subject for an appeal.