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Malta Football Association Terminate Premier League, Decision Still To Be Made On Sporting Outcome

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The 2019-20 BOV Premier League season has been terminated following an executive committee meeting by the Malta Football Association.

A unanimous decision was taken to end both the Premier League and FA Trophy competitions in the context of the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“As of yet the association has no reassurance from the health authorities as to when and if team sport competitive activities can resume,” MFA said in a press release.

Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci confirmed yesterday that sporting events are being evaluated on a risk assessment basis with non-contact sports posing the least risk of spreading COVID-19.

It was hinted that football, being a contact sport, was unlikely to resume anytime soon.

The MFA will now reconvene to discuss and decide on the sporting outcome of the terminated league championship in every category as well as the Gozo FA competitions.

As it stands, Floriana top the Premier League table followed closely by Valletta and Hibernians.

On the other hand, Senglea and Tarxien occupy the bottom two spots and possibly face relegation depending on the outcome of the MFA’s decision.

Last week, Valletta FC, Birkirkara FC and Gżira United FC urged Prime Minister Robert Abela to allow the football season to resume, noting that plans are already underway to resume the football season in Germany, Italy, the UK and several other European countries.

Other sporting bodies have expressed their frustration at the lack of direction given from health authorities and remain in limbo as to when they’ll be able to operate once again.

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