MFA board begins to hear evidence in Marsaxlokk bribery case

The Malta FA Board to Investigate Corrupt Practices yesterday began to look into the match-fixing case involving Premier League club Marsaxlokk.

Last month, Marsaxlokk, along with newly-promoted Premier League club Vittoriosa Stars, were charged by the Malta FA with breaching the statute rules no.113, 114 and 115 which deal mainly with bribery in football activities.

The MFA had launched an inquiry after Marsaxlokk's assistant coach Peter Hartshorne and midfielder Claude Mattocks were handed suspended jail terms and fined €500 each. The two had pleaded guilty to offering a bribe to former Msida St Joseph goalkeeper Matthew Camilleri.

Several witnesses were summ-oned to testify during yesterday's sitting which lasted several hours before the case was adjourned for tomorrow week. The first hearing was due to have taken place on July 7 but was postponed over a procedural matter.

The first hearing into the Vittoriosa case is also scheduled for tomorrow week. Vittoriosa have also been slapped with a bribery charge after two St George's players, Andrea Gatt and Lawrence Mizzi, admitted in court last December that they accepted money to throw away the Division one match against their neighbouring rivals.

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