NYON: A Moldovan sports official has been banned for life for trying to bribe the coach of the country’s women’s under-17 team to fix an international match.

European federation UEFA said Vasile Mungiu, from the Anenii Noi Sports School, offered money to manipulate the result of a European women’s under-17 championship match against Latvia in August.

UEFA said, in a statement: “The coach immediately reported the attempt to the Football Association of Moldova) and the police. Mungiu was arrested on the day of the match, and later admitted to the attempted match-fixing.

“UEFA welcomes the prompt and exemplary reaction of the Moldovan women’s under-17 coach.

“UEFA is also pleased with the excellent cooperation of the FMF, as well as the National Anti-Corruption Centre of the Republic of Moldova during the investigation process.”