UEFA is seeking a life ban for Malta player Kevin Sammut by appealing its own ruling of a 10-year suspension for helping to fix a European Championship qualifying match in a betting scam.

Sammut has also appealed to overturn his ban, after UEFA's disciplinary panel found him guilty last month of involvement with Europe's most notorious match-fixing gang in June 2007.

UEFA says in a statement that ''we confirm that the UEFA disciplinary inspector and the player Kevin Sammut have lodged an appeal against the first decision.''

An appeal hearing date has yet to be set.

UEFA has not specified how Sammut helped fix Malta's 4-0 loss in Norway in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

The plot was detailed by a Croatian match-fixer during a criminal trial last year in Bochum, Germany.