Football

CAS sets date for Euro 2008 match-fixing case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A European Championship match-fixing case will be heard at sport's highest court in February.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it scheduled the delayed appeal of Malta midfielder Kevin Sammut on Feb. 12. A previous court date in October was postponed. Sammut is challenging his life ban from football for allegedly helping to fix Malta's 4-0 loss against Norway in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

The 32-year-old Sammut denies colluding with a Croatian-led syndicate to manipulate the June 2007 match for a betting scam. He was substituted at halftime in Oslo when the score was 1-0. UEFA's appeal committee expelled Sammut after he was originally banned for 10 years.

UEFA used convicted fixer Marijo Cvrtak as its main witness to prosecute Sammut, who was Maltese player of the year in 2007-08.

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