NYON: European federation UEFA will come under scrutiny itself for its rigour in dealing with matchfixing allegations when it rules later this month on accusations concerning the Norway v Malta tie in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Reports from Malta claim that the disciplinary and control commission will meet in the final week of May to examine the findings of the MFA probe and its prosecutors before reaching a verdict.
In May last year the convicted Croat fixer Marijo Cvrtak told the Bochum corruption trial that he had met some Malta players in an Oslo hotel to fix the result of their qualifier against Norway who scored three goals in the final 18 minutes for a 4-0 win at the Ullevaal Stadium.
The Malta FA concluded its inquiry in March and forwarded the results to UEFA.
MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo said: “UEFA will appoint a disciplinary commissioner to analyse all the evidence contained in the dossier. I can’t tell you exactly when this is going to be concluded but, barring complications, UEFA has told us it should reach a conclusion by the end of this season. The issue is now beyond our control.”
Last month, two UEFA prosecutors travelled to Malta as part of the European body’s inquest into the case. They reportedly interviewed members of the Malta squad for the match.
In a separate development, the Malta FA is investigating claims that an unnamed person approached the father of defender Ryan Sammut of struggling Mqabba last month to throw a match from the local premier league.
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