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GENEVA (AP) - A Malta player accused of helping a Croatian gang fix a European Championship qualifier had his life ban from football cut to 10 years.
“They have overturned the judgment from a life ban into a 10-year ban,” Sciriha said in a telephone interview.
UEFA originally banned Sammut for 10 years in August 2012 but its own appeals panel increased that to life.
UEFA prosecuted the 33-year-old Sammut using convicted fixers Ante Sapina and Marijo Cvrtak as witnesses.
Sapina and Cvrtak are serving five-year prison terms in Germany for multiple fraud convictions. They made millions in betting profits by bribing referees, players and officials to manipulate matches and results.
A court in Bochum reduced their sentences by six months in April for co-operating with authorities.
Then, Malta Football Association President Norman Darmanin Demajo said there was “overwhelming evidence” of a fix connecting players to an organized crime gang.
Sammut, a midfielder who was substituted at halftime when the score was 1-0, denied involvement.
UEFA found him guilty but cleared his teammates, Kenneth Scicluna and Stephen Wellman, who both played the full 90 minutes.
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