CAS extends ban on Maltese players

Switzerland - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday announced that they had extended the bans on two Maltese football players.

Ryan Grech, Malta international Claude Mattocks and Gilbert Martin tested positive for various prohibited substances and were banned for nine months, four months and a year respectively.

Football's controlling body FIFA, as well as the world anti-doping agency WADA appealed to CAS and asked for the bans to be extended to two years.

CAS said in a statement on Monday that they had partially upheld the appeal.

"CAS decided to impose a one year suspension on all three players, which was the highest sanction possible in accordance with the rules of the Malta Football Association, which were applicable to this national-level dispute," they said. (dpa)