NYON, Switzerland (AP) – National champions Malta was pulled from UEFA’s Champions League qualifying rounds on Wednesday over the club’s past ties to match-fixing.
Hamrun Spartans did not abide by the registration rules for being “directly and / or indirectly involved in any activity aimed at organizing or influencing the outcome of a match,” the appeals body said. UEFA.
The repair case dated back to the 2012-13 season, Maltese media reported, but the team had not qualified for any UEFA club competition since then.
Hamrun Spartans won his first Maltese title in 30 years as a leader in April when the league was officially abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The finalist Hibernians is expected to enter the draw for the first qualifying round next Tuesday. No Maltese team has ever reached the group stage of the Champions League.
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