Twenty-one year old arraigned in court over match-fixing charges

Twenty-one year old Seyble Zammit was arraigned in court on Wednesday and charged with attempting to fix the UEFA Under-21 qualifier between Malta and Montenegro which was played last Wednesday.

Police Inspector Sean Scicluna said that the Police was informed of a possible match fixing in the game against Montenegro and possibly that against Czech Republic. Zammit and another person were arrested with the latter then being released.

A number of persons, including a number of players from the Malta Under-21 side were interrogated. Inspector Scicluna said that Zammit, son of Mosta coach Ivan Zammit, at times co-operated with the police and at times did not. He released a statement but then opted not to sign it.

Zammit pleaded not guilty but was not granted bail since investigations are still ongoing and there was a risk of tampering with evidence.

The Malta Under-21 side lost 0-1 to Montenegro on Wednesday and 0-7 to the Czech Republic on Tuesday.